The Application Process, Part III: At the Sanitorium

    Some thirty Kazakhstanis and four Americans were in charge of our training in a village near Almaty, home of Kazakhstan’s international airport. But first, we had to get there.   The Peace Corps brought us to Washington DC … Read More

The Application Process Part II

  We knew we’d be able to come home whenever we wanted, theoretically. The Peace Corps does not want volunteers who don’t want to be there. It’s not the army, after all.   In practical terms, though, it would be … Read More

The Application Process, Part I

    “Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor characterize the successful Peace Corps volunteer,” or PCV, as the recruiter actually said, using the acronym that would soon became part of our everyday vocabulary. He may have been referring to … Read More

Difficult conversations

In the Peace Corps, my official job was Teacher Trainer: I taught English at a teacher’s college. A few of my classes were taught in concert with a local teacher. Over my two years I team-taught with five different teachers. One … Read More


    “All you Americans ask ‘why’ all the time.” Assem’s simple comment caught me by surprise.   And it taught me a lot.   I began to notice the many times I did indeed ask “why?” But, more than … Read More

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