About Me


IMG_3089 Erika Hooker

 I grew up in rural upstate New York hiking in the  Adirondack Mountains with my younger brother Mitch,  helping my family make maple syrup, riding horses, raising  beef calves, and playing with my fat black lab, Laser. I  graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor  of Science in Communications and a Bachelor of Science in  International Agriculture and Rural Development. I am  now an agriculture extension agent with the U.S. Peace  Corps in Senegal, serving from September 2013 to November 2015.  Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions or remarks about the blog! Thanks for reading, and sharing Senegal with me, I can’t wait to hear from you.


13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’m so proud of you, and so excited you finally get to start this journey you’ve been eagerly awaiting since high school! ❤ All of my love and best wishes, I will miss you so much, but I know we will stay in touch like always!

  2. Erika,
    Just discovered your site via Peace Corps’ Facebook site. I was posted near Matam (Foumihara Demboube not far from Kanel) from 1988-89 and was relocated due to a conflict with Mauritania. Love seeing your photos and reading about your experience. Are there volunteers closer to Matam? It looked like it from the map you posted. I would love to send a message to my family there somehow. If you ever pass by that way on your way to Dakar, maybe you could stop and greet them for me? It’s a wonderful village. My name was Salimata Deh. Thanks for bringing back some very fond memories!

    • Hi Shirley,

      So great to hear from you! I don’t know the village off the top of my head but I will ask around. Kanel is actually an urban agriculture site now so that would be the closest person. But email me at erikah.hooker@gmail.com and we can discuss it further. Matam is a great region! I’m happy to call it home.


  3. I couldn’t be more proud to call you my cousin! You are doing amazing things out there and I’m so excited for you! Stay safe and we will see you when you get home!! ❤️

  4. Congratulations on your blogging award–glad I found you through a tweet today. I lived in Dakar as a journalist from 87-90, and did some work for Peace Corps while there, and afterwards in DC. Reading through your posts makes me “homesick” for Senegal, and your photos are fabulous. Great work!

  5. Hi Erika! I stumbled upon your blog as I’m furiously googling for ALL PC Senegal things before my interview for a Senegal Community Health Volunteer. Could we exchange emails re: questions I have about your service? Thanks in advance 🙂

  6. Erika,

    I just wanted to say hi, read your blog and it is awesome. And that I am jealous. I miss that place. Tell Rihanna and Meg that Mark Crawford said hi.

    • Thank you for getting in touch! I’m very familiar with the film and really appreciate the issue it addresses. In Peace Corps, we have screened Tall as the Baobab Tree several times for girls’ groups and volunteers alike. Good luck with your gardening!

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