The islanders loved it when we would at least try to do some of their favorite things, like dancing. They were always full of praise and laughter whenever we tried. They were always so very generous in all ways. At first we thought they partied too much and were interrupting work schedules, but in time we learned how foolish we were and how important it is to have a balance of work and play. Play time builds community and without community the work is worthless.

- Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Lee Dilley (Tuvalu, Pacific Islands)

The islanders loved it when we would at least try to do some of their favorite things, like dancing. They were always full of praise and laughter whenever we tried. They were always so very generous in all ways. At first we thought they partied too much and were interrupting work schedules, but in time we learned how foolish we were and how important it is to have a balance of work and play. Play time builds community and without community the work is worthless.

- Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Lee Dilley (Tuvalu, Pacific Islands)

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I had wanted to get an Islamic writing board to bring home and show American children what is used in Muslim schools in Sierra Leone to teach Arabic and learn passages from the Qur’an. No one was willing to part with theirs so I bought a new one and found someone who would trade their used one for it. After doing so, the father of the students who used the board, took it home and carefully cleaned off all the writing. Since I had wanted the writing on it, I asked if this was possible and he kindly had his children come and write passages from the Qua’an on it for me.

- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Christine Musa

I had wanted to get an Islamic writing board to bring home and show American children what is used in Muslim schools in Sierra Leone to teach Arabic and learn passages from the Qur’an. No one was willing to part with theirs so I bought a new one and found someone who would trade their used one for it. After doing so, the father of the students who used the board, took it home and carefully cleaned off all the writing. Since I had wanted the writing on it, I asked if this was possible and he kindly had his children come and write passages from the Qua’an on it for me.

- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Christine Musa

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The Aymara of the Bolivian Altiplano are often considered to be dour and unsmiling. Nothing further from the truth, as can be seen by Dona Manuela ready to have a try at shearing one of her sheep with hand shears. Instructing people in the local villages to use hand shears instead of a piece of tin can lid was one of my projects in animal management. The concept caught on fairly well.

- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Larry Stevenson

The Aymara of the Bolivian Altiplano are often considered to be dour and unsmiling. Nothing further from the truth, as can be seen by Dona Manuela ready to have a try at shearing one of her sheep with hand shears. Instructing people in the local villages to use hand shears instead of a piece of tin can lid was one of my projects in animal management. The concept caught on fairly well.

- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Larry Stevenson

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My teaching was a bit more interactive than the traditional Turkish teachers’. I’d ask students to act out what vocabulary they were learning. Here was a day’s lesson on prepositions. Most of my orta okul (middle school) students were from villages where hearing and speaking another language was as foreign to them as seeing a television (which was not even available in Turkey in 1965).

- Peace Corps Education Volunteer Margaret Miyake

My teaching was a bit more interactive than the traditional Turkish teachers’. I’d ask students to act out what vocabulary they were learning. Here was a day’s lesson on prepositions. Most of my orta okul (middle school) students were from villages where hearing and speaking another language was as foreign to them as seeing a television (which was not even available in Turkey in 1965).

- Peace Corps Education Volunteer Margaret Miyake

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Did you know March is National Reading Month?Reading is definitely one of the more popular leisure activities for Peace Corps Volunteers. What were some of the books you read during your service? Did you bring home any books from your country? How many times did you read War and Peace during your 27 months overseas?

Did you know March is National Reading Month?

Reading is definitely one of the more popular leisure activities for Peace Corps Volunteers. What were some of the books you read during your service? Did you bring home any books from your country? How many times did you read War and Peace during your 27 months overseas?

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This is how I remember September 11th. 
I went on a school field trip with my teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life, that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and for the world.
After we understood what was going on, my teachers and friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I had not felt so much love and concern before that moment.
 For me, this picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like to remember September 11th as this picture.

- Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl

This is how I remember September 11th. 

I went on a school field trip with my teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life, that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and for the world.

After we understood what was going on, my teachers and friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I had not felt so much love and concern before that moment.

 For me, this picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like to remember September 11th as this picture.

- Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl

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