Peace Corps Paraguay Volunteer, Kelly from Community Economic Development sector, during his first 3 months in site, He has been teaching Chemistry and Physics at the Instituto Formación Docente, the local university where students aspire to become future teachers. Kelly, who worked as an engineer before Peace Corps, says that teaching has always been a passion of his. Although he knows his Spanish could use plenty of improvement, he is glad that he can communicate with his community through the universal languages of Science, Math, and Technology.
El voluntario de Peace Corps Paraguay, Kelly del sector de Desarrollo Económico Comunitario, ha estado enseñando Química y Física en el Instituto Formación Docente de su sitio, durante sus primeros 3 meses de servicio, sus estudiantes aspiran a convertirse en futuros maestros estudiando en el IFD. Kelly quien trabajó como ingeniero antes del Cuerpo de Paz, dice que la enseñanza siempre ha sido una de sus pasiones. El considera que su español podría mejorar aún, está contento de comunicarse con su comunidad a través de los idiomas universales de la Ciencia, Matemáticas y Tecnología. #peacecorps #pcvpy #peacecorpsparaguay
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One of my favorite things about service so far has been the way I’ve been able to infuse new opportunities with old passions. At school I worked with teachers to start a football club (for boys AND girls) and I play pickup games with my students every weekend. I help with art projects whenever I get the chance. My teachers and I ran an arts and crafts camp. I spent my summer working at camps! I joined a gym with my host mom, and stay actively involved in all forms of sports. I even helped teach kids how to model! Most importantly, I get to read to kids every single day.
All of these activities are things I grew up doing. They have, in many ways, defined who I am. It wasn’t until recently that I realised they’ve defined my service too. •
So much of Peace Corps service is new and exciting, and I’ve changed so much throughout my time in Guyana. Despite all that change, though, I still love all the things I loved before I became a volunteer. I’m still Rachel, just Rachel in Guyana! I’m learning that no matter where I am or what I do, things like my creativity, love of sports, passion for reading and writing, and the unshakeable camp counselor gene will always shine through and become a part of it. •
Everyone told us during training that every volunteer’s service is their own. Sharing what I have always loved with the people I have come to love in Guyana has helped me make my service so unique, so rewarding, and so me! Now I just need to figure out a way to get the kids on board with country music...🤠
deberíamos empezar a hablar en español, no?? aprendimos a cocinar tortillas paraguayas en mi clase de idiomas y cultura hoy!! pero son tortillas “estadounidense” con muchas verduras (algo muy raro aquí), incluye cebolla, ajo, locote rojo, cilantro, zapallito, y cebollita. que rico!
we learned to cook paraguayan tortillas in my language and culture class today!! but they are “american” tortillas, with many vegetables (something very strange here), including onion, garlic, red bell pepper, cilantro, zucchini and scallions. delicious!
Small update time: Today was a good day! Finished my first set of new classes of English communication at the girls’ dormitory in town (free boarding for the girls that live in the surrounding villages so they can attend school). The classes went super well! These girls are super eager to learn and are so so smart! 📚✏️ I didn’t get any of the girls’ consent to post their pictures so these date trees will have to do 🌴
Meet my new friend and compañero de trabajo, Odi! He accompanies me to the high school, attempts to enter the health post, tries to board combis with me, and frequently hikes with me from my house at 12,000 feet above sea level to above 14,500 feet. #peacecorps#peru
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Peace Corps Update! It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost four months in my beautiful site in the Andes Mountains of the department of Ancash and I thought I’d finally share some photos of my new home! #peacecorps#peru
Looking for an experience that will change your life? Peace Corps will be on campus this week!
Be sure to attend their presentation at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the UC Tribute Room. Recruiter Michael Gall will also be on hand at their information table in the UC Lobby during the noon hour on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bring your questions and find out more! #peacecorps#experience#lifechanger#SEMO
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سنقوم خلال الأسابيع القليلة المقبلة بعرض خمسة متدربين متميزين يعملون معنا في إطار الوسائط المتعددة، بحيث يقومون بترجمة وإنشاء محتوى جديد وفريد من نوعه، من بينهم ثلاثة عناصر يعملون على منصات التواصل الاجتماعي، نذكر من منهم المتدربة مريم.
Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring our five incredible interns who work with our Multimedia Committee to translate and create new, unique content. Second up is one of our three social media interns, Mariam.
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All the trainees had our naming ceremonies last week and I loved it. Since I already have a Gambian name and my host mom approved, I got to keep my name as Oumie Hawa! Mara, Delbert, and myself are the only volunteers (3 out of 44) who are learning Jola in our training village of Soma Tabokoto. We’re a lucky bunch!
Fun Fact: Naming ceremonies here are usually done seven days after a child is born. It’s an event to bless and pray for the child. The music, food, and dancing is a great plus! #peacecorps#peacecorpsthegambia
Today I finally got around to cleaning out my house. There was so much clutter, things left from the previous volunteer that I never use and random stuff that I don't need. Gave away a couple things and cleaned cleaned cleaned, got disgusted by the red ant nests I found hiding and burnt my trash. The ants are a big problem in my area and I'm really not sure why. Maybe because the walls are made of a mixture of dirt and ciment ? No idea. At least I don't have mice or snakes problems so very much consider myself lucky.
Back to the burning. Well here there's no one whose gonna pick up your trash on a weekly basis. Since there are no supermarkets here and people rely so heavily on what they produce (corn, rice, vegetables) or raise (chickens, goats, pigs...) they produce very little trash. Pretty eco-friendly I would say. Yes, the burning pollutes the air but I didn't say 100% eco-friendly! Anyways,this means that for everything I consume I have to dispose of it myself and seeing just how much trash I produce is a reminder of how much I should try to use containers and reusable bags rather than single usage plastic bags. Here's a picture of Estelle and I burning my trash. I really wish she would let me do it myself but I couldn't come up with a good reason why she couldn't help out... Regardless, you'll get to meet in her in later posts.
You don't have to start your Peace Corps journey alone. A recruiter can help you strengthen your résumé and support you throughout the application process. There are more than 70 recruiters ready to help you - you just need to take the first step. Link in bio.
📸: Matt was a Volunteer in Zambia and is now a recruiter in Seattle.
Peer Support Network (PSN) met this weekend for offical training. PSN works to strengthen the Volunteer support system here in Liberia. They help increase Volunteer productivity and effectiveness by providing training to support their peers in a non-judgemental, respectful manner, while offering information and resources that contribute to Volunteer resilience and wellness. Each cohort nominates representatives. This meeting incorporated the new representatives. Thank you PSNs for all the hard work. #peacecorps#peersupportnetwork#peersupport#peacecorpsvolunteers#pcv#psn
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Peace Corps Volunteers' homes vary from country to country and even from site to site! Whether our volunteers live in rural sites or the country's largest cities, each volunteer finds a little place to call home during their service.
In order to give you a view of the variety of places our volunteers call home, we are bringing you our Peace Corps Ecuador edition of #Cribs .
The next volunteer in this series is Youth and Families Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Lobo. Lobo spent his first two years of service living with a host family in a rural site and is making the transition to lviing on his own in an urban setting. His space allows him to be within walking distance to his work sites though he had to be a bit unCONVENTional in finding his crib.
Day 32: We had never seen a pomegranate tree before these ones growing at Jon’s school. They have such beautiful blossoms! Sadly, we’ve never actually gotten to eat any of the pomegranates because Jon’s students eat them before they’re ripe 🤦🏻♀️ #last100days#peacecorps#lesotho#pomegranatetree#trees
Some think of Peace Corps service as a solitary endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. Sometimes a collaborative effort with fellow volunteers is what it takes to make a project a success. After a bit of guidance and practice in the community of two fellow volunteers, WASH PCVs Ailyn and Forrest in Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé were able to use what they learned about healthy water use and organization to recreate these seminars in another community. According to Forrest, water committee seminars provide "an overview of healthy water related hygiene including the watershed, water treatment and storage, and common ways water is contaminated." These seminars include technical and organizational components, as well as leadership reinforcement. In fact, community members who had previous experience with the seminars "assisted in leading sessions for the new committee." #peacecorpspanama#pcv #peacecorps#service#volunteer #howiseepc
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Welcome to the Namily! After nearly 3 months of training, Group 50 celebrates the beginning of their service as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Education sector at a very special swear in ceremony! A special thank you to Peace Corps staff and the Namibian community in their committment to preparing and welcoming volunteers to work alongside you in the beautiful land of the brave. We are so excited to see all the amazing things you and your community members do at your sites over the next two years! @peacecorps@usembnamibia ——————————————— #PeaceCorps#PeaceCorpsNamibia#Group50#SwearingIn#Congratulations#PCV
On September 24, 2019 at the Tell Us Something live storytelling event, audience members anonymously shared their “Leap of Faith” stories. Some were read from the stage. All of the stories are worth hearing, and here is one that we didn’t have time to read that night.
Eh, I’m no perfect person 🤷♀️ So enjoy my selfies of the past two months, the progression is 👌 the fish lips really make and break the sequence haha #peacecorps#peacecorpslesotho#howiseepc Day 389
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After many months of sleepless nights, sweat, and tears...WE HAVE A LIBRARY! 🙌🏻 Grant writing is no joke but this project has become the highlight of my service. Literacy and reading is so important and fundamental to learning. I’m so thankful for my wonderful school staff and counterparts like Diogene for helping every step of the way. The past few days while organizing the library, the best part has been watching the students excitement over the space and new books. Having a special place to promote learning and culture of reading is priceless. Mureke Dusome!📚 Stay tuned also for grant phase II and more books to come in December. 😊
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Cooking project 🇬🇪: chicken chowder (with a nice handful of chopped parsley and scallions for freshness). Yesterday I made chicken stock (second pic), strained it, removed all of the meat from the chicken carcass and refrigerated it separately. Today I sweated onions in a mix of bacon fat and butter, added carrots and potatoes (no celery here 🤷🏻♀️), and the stock. After a 30-minute simmer, I added the chicken and beurre manie (fancy French word for flour-butter paste 😏), heavy cream, and a little whole milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer until thickened. Voila. #peacecorpscooks#chickenchowder#foodporn#soup#chowder#peacecorps
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On October 16th, Peace Corps Kosovo Country Director, Dr. Darlene Grant, Community Organizational Development Program Manager, Merita Fehmiu, and M&E and Small Grants Coordinator, Arjeta Doroci attended the Bazar of Art Handcrafts made by displaced persons hosted by UNHCR and the Forum for Development and Multi-Ethnic Collaboration at the Civic Energy Center-CEC premises in Gračanica. Intentionally meeting each craftswoman and the craftsman present and learning something about their work and the smiles elicited from being ’seen,’ was the highlight of the event! #howiseepc#peacecorpskosovo#peacecorps#kosovo#community#empowerwomen#handcrafted#fortheculture
Volunteers and locals got to bond over some beautiful natural scenery recently during Demir Kapija’s 10th annual Climbing Festival! Clearly, our Peace Corps Volunteers always strive to reach great heights… 😎 📸: PCV Bryce
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All waterfalls should be plunging off a cliff into the ocean.
Let’s start off the week with some news from the Agriculture and Community Health Pre-service Training!
Last week, the Health Trainees visited homes in their PST town to do some malaria assessment. Before going out into the field, Trainees first discussed within small groups how to conduct the visits. They reviewed the questions they were going to ask and the information they wanted to gather. Most importantly they practiced how to run the conversations in French!
The purpose of these home visits was to find out what barriers, if any, are preventing families from proper malaria prevention and care. This activity is an integral part of the pre-service training as a large part of the Trainees’ first few weeks, after they swear-in and arrive at their respective sites, will be spent doing similar community needs assessment. The information gathered will be used to develop projects that directly focus on problems they would have identified in their communities. #LifeatPST#HowISeePC#peacecorps#peacecorpsvolunteer#whereweserve#PeaceCorpsCameroon#Cameroon#237
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📍3 months ago, my appetite and I moved to the beautiful country of Cambodia. Instagram found this very suspicious 🤔 and thus blocked me from accessing my account. But I’m back and hungrier than ever! 😛
During my time here, I’m looking forward to sharing not only snapshots of my daily eats but also a peak into Khmer culture and way of life. For me, food has always been a way of connecting to those around me. Without words, food lets us share bits of ourselves while experiencing pieces of others. It’s a window into a different world...so sit back and enjoy the view! 👀 #EatingCA#Cambodia#BanhXeo
“I got my tattoo close to my one year mark of joining Peace Corps. It is an African buffalo with a Red-billed oxpecker on its horn. The African buffalo is one of Africa's Big Five. It is known for its resilience, size and altruistic behavior. It is also regarded as one of the most dangerous animals on the continent, though, it will only attack when threatened. The temperament resonated with me. I added the bird to represent the symbiotic relationship between the two animals. Both are benefiting from the relationship, just like I hope that both myself and the communities I work with in Namibia are benefiting from one another. It serves as a reminder of why I am here, which I really need some days.” #peacecorps#peacecorpsnamibia#peacecorpstattoo#peacecorpsink#pcvtattoo
✏️Some highlights of our Low Cost/No Cost Material Production (Teaching Aids) Training✏️
Teaching aids are super important in our journey to change standard teaching practices to include more student centered approaches. So today, my teachers put in work on their day off to create tons of teaching aids including rice bag books, pocket charts, site word cards, and literacy games and activities. #gambiaLIT#peacecorpsthegambia#pctg#peacecorps#teachertrainer
Surround yourself with people that bring you up, that make you a better person each and everyday just by knowing them • aka Fellow Peace Corps Volunteers #peacecorps
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In Danny's community, they have successfully built a menstrual building with hand washing stations!
Inside the menstrual building, there are a couple of pipes running out of the floor to a sealed trash pit. Then, there are ropes to hang things to dry.
With challenges in access to proper sanitation, and proper disposal of menstrual products, this building can help mitigate these challenges at school.
0 3421 October, 2019
My peeps! People often ask my ethnicity. I am Anglo, Latin, and black, with my birth father being from Brazil.
when I heard we had 11 weeks of training before becoming true peace corps volunteers, I thought “wow that seems like an awfully long time and also no time at all.” the second part of that statement is proving to be true. the weeks are flying by. I’m already dreading the move, not because I’m not excited to begin work at my site (I am!!), but because I am so incredibly happy here, I love my cohort, I love my host family, I’m even growing to love the hour-long, two-bus commute. january of 2019 I said I wanted to become the type of person who wakes up at 5 am. It didn’t happen overnight, but my alarm clock has been inching closer and closer over the past 10 months, and this week I finally hit 5. I’m a morning person and I mean it.
this week I taught my first “charla” (a catch-all term used to describe workshops and presentations). the community eco club I created in collaboration with the trainees living in my neighborhood had its second meeting.
this week we sang happy birthday in three languages, we danced, we ate good food. I made hot sauce (which my host family loved), turned over ripe bananas into smoothies for my friends, and cooked oyster mushrooms gifted to me by my technical trainer who is never not surprising me. it was hot and cold and hot again. I am alive, I am tired, I am happy, I am grateful.
First cooking project in Georgia 🇬🇪: chips and salsa. All of the ingredients for salsa are grown here - tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, garlic, hot peppers, and limes. No corn tortillas here, but all of the years I lived in the American Southwest, I came to prefer flour tortilla chips anyway, and those can be created with lavash cut into wide strips and deep-fried in sunflower oil. #foodporn#vegetarian#chipsandsalsa#peacecorpscooks#peacecorps
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a visit to a paraguayan elementary school, and endless hugs from little humans.
my sweet sister and a rare moment of our puppy not in action.
a visit from several notable environmental ngos who nearly broke my heart with the inspiration and hope they ignite through their projects.
hand washing my clothes; a labor of love in this hot, sandy country that values cleanliness so highly.
and one of the many large mammals that calls my neighborhood home.
peace corps training is hard work and I am deeply grateful for every second of it. grateful for the endless hours in class, for my patient guaraní profe, and most of all for my dearest family who i feel as though i’ve know my whole life. they make coming home each night really feel like “home.” #peacecorpsparaguay#pcpy#peacecorps
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The evening commute. Guess where!
Volunteers here work on English education projects, eat lots of rice, and spend time hanging out with their host families underneath their houses (seriously - most homes here are built on stilts).