Last day at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School!
Munting Batangas, Balanga. Philippines
When first arriving in Malawi for our two-year stay, the Peace Corps shared with us the three goals that translate into the overall mission of promoting world peace and friendship. The second goal of offering a better understanding of Americans to the people of the country served seems an ongoing challenge. It is probably the most difficult to achieve because it means dissolving some pre-existing perceptions of who Americans are and what America is like.
Commogri features: Alexandra Duello
Commogri features Alexandra Duello. She’s been serving in the peacecorps as a Community Health Volunteer in Paraguay since Feb 2013 and will be there until April 2015. She’s got some unreal experiences that you can see on her instagram account or blog (http://aduello.wordpress.com/). #turn2norm
"I feel very fortunate to be a part of something that is so inspiring and positive."
For anyone who is interested in development, the Peace Corps offers an entre into the highly-competitive world of international aid work.
Photos from the local university’s Green Day event, a fashion contest in which 12 English students competed to be Mr. Environment or Miss Nature. They were required to wear clothes made out of recycled materials and give a speech about the importance of protecting the environment. These are some of the female candidates.
Peace Corps Volunteer Karen Chaffraix is working with her community members in Senegal to install the first bathroom facility at a nearby elementary school. The new three-stall facility is complete with running water for hand-washing and will help prevent water contamination and disease through safe and effective waste disposal.
“Continued community participation is essential to the success of the project,” Chaffraix said. “Hopefully those involved will be empowered to undertake future projects and will contribute to improved health and sanitation for all.”
I walked into the front office area of my new home and workplace in the northern Philippines. “Welcome, Ms. Kathy” was lovingly written on the white board. I went to the road to look back at the building and saw a big pile of dung just off our driveway. I asked my new social worker colleague what kind of animal left this behind and he smiled broadly: “Carabao! To welcome you!
Our interview with a local Native Guyanese, Angela is of the Patumunu tribe. One of nine Native tribes of Guyana! She was open to share her knowledge and show us how to cook one of her amazing dishes served in her restaurant Tuma Sala which is an authentic Amerindian cuisine located in Georgetown. We were thrilled to be able to interview her and get an insiders perspective of Guyana culture!
In our most popular blog post EVER, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Jessie Beck reminisced about the things she wishes she had known before her departure.
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