April 17, 2014
Show me a Peace Corps volunteer and I'll show you people of all colors, ages, and creeds. I'll show you men and women and people who are sitting in between. I'll show you daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, all of whom have left those families to find new ones across the world.
Show me a Peace Corps volunteer and I'll show you someone who knows illness, misery, cold, heat, and crawling infestations of a thousand varieties. I'll show you someone who has become intimate with infection, friendly with fungus, and can compare the viscosity of fecal matter over a...
April 06, 2014
I've been working with Russians over the past year and the most difficulty I have had with the experience is learning the Russian language. Though I have spent much of my life studying and should be able to learn effectively at this point; I honestly don't think I have ever encountered anything as hard as learning Russian. Every other aspect has been much easier - living outside of Moscow, working with the space program for several months, I have had the pleasure of working with many Russians on a daily basis. Our relationships began before the recent crisis (and their...
March 15, 2014
After almost 2 months of living in my small town in Poland and being more and more depressed by the lack of possibilities for my personal development, I finally found a way to escape from this underwhelming world!
On Friday, 7th of March, I came to Vic (Catalonia, Spain) for my EVS (European Voluntary Service)!
Thank God the guys from Aurora GPS Organization decided to suffer with me the next 6 months after a short Skype interview! By writing “guys” I mean Feliu and Ramon! Gràcies! ;)
My 1st impressions?
March 12, 2014
Today (well, technically yesterday) I finally did it. I left for Peace Corps. It's a day that's been over a year and a half in coming, and I was so.freakin'.ready to just finally get on that plane.
But first, let's do the numbers.
58 - The number of volunteers boarding the plane for Zambia; 28 aquaculture (RAP) volunteers, and 30 agroforestry (LIFE) volunteers.
15 - Number of volunteers who got in to Philly last night and went out to watch the Super...
March 05, 2014
"And he could not tell why the struggle was worth while, why he had determined to use to the utmost himself and his heritage from the personalities he had passed...He stretched out his arms to the crystalline, radiant sky. 'I know myself,' he cried, 'but that is all.'" This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
I've been back in Long Xuyen exactly three weeks as of today, and, as of tomorrow, will officially have been cancer-free for one whole month. Not a bad first two months of 2014, even if we did get off to a rocky start.
I guess first I'll talk about...
February 20, 2014
White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.
After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative...
February 06, 2014
One of the wonderful things about practicing medicine in the Military is that it allows us to put a good foot forward into other countries and show a better side of us. I worked in the Air National Guard for several years treating pilots in Oregon, which I loved doing, but I also had the opportunity to practice medicine in Guatemala and Haiti through the military. In Guatemala we traveled to remote locations by bus in sweltering heat, in our uniforms, to set up clinics where none existed, and staff them...
January 20, 2014
At the very beginning I need to explain exactly my situation. After finishing the Christmas Campaign, because of some private reasons, I was forced to break my voluntary service in Huaral. However, it was obviously a great lesson of life and totally new experience for me. I’m sure I need to do everything in order to see people I met there at least one more time in my life!
And writing that post at the airport in Paris (of course, I haven't finished it titally), I'd like to say A BIG THANK YOU to all those who made that part of my life one of the...
January 20, 2014
Christmas Campaign 2013
14 - 15.12.2013
At the very beginning I need to say SORRY for such a delay. In reality, I have no real explanation for that...nevertheless, the fact is that 24h/day is definitely too short for one to accomplish all they set out to do!
Getting back to the Campaign...
It's true that the final part lasted only 2 days but...in order to get to the end, we had to put forth quite an effort.
First, we needed to distribute petitions concerning prosperous help for the Campaign to almost 100...
January 17, 2014
I'm the first one up today; miracles do happen. We saw our training host sites yesterday, where we will be spending the next 3 months, divided into groups by what "sector" we'll be teaching. Every Thursday we'll all meet up again at the Deri Hotel for shared training sessions. The math and science groups, of which yours truly is included, also had our initial site interviews. It was pretty dull - a routine smattering of questions about secondary project ideas, teaching age preferences, as well as any medical or nutritional/dietary needs.