Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Recommendation

While my official nomination is a health extension program, I'm trying to have the option of teaching English instead. I feel I'm much more qualified to teach English than I am to do health-related activities.

I asked my current ESL supervisor to write me a recommendation letter to give my PO a better idea of what I've been doing and my ability to teach. She wrote me the nicest letter and I'm very happy to have her support!

Hopefully that will work in my favor and I'll get an TEFL position! I emailed it to my PO, who is unfortunately out of the office until Monday.

The wait continues!

The Dream

I had a dream the other night that I received an invitation to Macedonia. I'd absolutely LOVE this invitation so I hope my dream comes true!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

4 more weeks

I "spoke" with my PO again this week. I wanted to update her on some new things I have done and am planning on doing. I've signed up for the Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens class (it seems like every health PC applicant takes this class!) and have completed a few on-line courses through Kansas Train. I have also decided to seek out a recommendation letter from my ESL supervisor. Since TEFL is not my nominated field and I'd like to be considered for such a position, I thought a recommendation letter would be a wise idea! I hope to have it emailed to my PO by the end of the month.

At the end of the email response, my PO stated that they should be reviewing my file in the middle of April now (not mid-March as it was before). I'm not very surprised by this actually. Due to the increasing conflict in Madagascar, the US Embassy and the Peace Corps volunteers are leaving and the PC Madagascar program is temporarily suspended. That means PC needs to find new placements for all the trainees where were to leave on March 12th (they were actually notified during their staging that they were not leaving) and perhaps begin looking for new placements for current Madagascar volunteers. I'm pretty sure the Africa desk is a little busy right now!

So four more weeks....

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Walt Bodine Show (KCUR) "American Volulnteerism Abroad"

There was an interesting segment on my local NPR station today about American volunteers abroad:

Join us for a conversation on American volunteerism abroad, from service work during World War I to Peace Corps volunteers around the world today. We'll talk about how current events in international relations affect the kind of reception service workers experience overseas. We'll also hear about the goals and motivations of volunteers, and find out how well those correspond to the desires of those receiving the benefits of their service.

Nova Maack, President of The Greater Kansas City Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Dr. Christopher McDonald, Political Science Professor at Lincoln Land Community College.

*NOTE: around half the show is about WWI volunteers - it's all mixed together*