Essay
Community Participation Tools

Community Participation Tools

Tak­ing a step back to the sec­ond-to-last day of Mid-Ser­vice Train­ing and away from my oh-so-self-impor­tant reflec­tions, I want to share some pic­tures from our group field trip to one of the com­mu­ni­ties in which we have been work­ing for the solar stove project. But, before I do that, I will explain how this out­ing came to be and...
Aspirations

Aspirations

For Part 2 of the MST essay series, we are going to take a look at one of the touch­i­er-fee­l­i­er activ­i­ties we did on the last day of Mid-Ser­vice Train­ing. This activ­i­ty was reread­ing our orig­i­nal Aspi­ra­tion State­ments from the Peace Corps Appli­ca­tion. I feel that it deserves cap­i­tal­iza­tion and the be rec­og­nized as a def­i­nite thing. I rec­og­nize that...
Underutilized and misplaced

Underutilized and misplaced

First off, let me say, not me. Well, not me out­side the office. The prob­lem is that I don’t want to be uti­lized or placed in the office. More on this lat­er in this post. I’m strug­gling a bit with tone in these essay posts. My voice is my voice, but it starts to feel a bit repet­i­tive. I want...
Ingenuity inspiration

Ingenuity inspiration

I looked up the def­i­n­i­tion of inge­nu­ity to make sure I was think­ing about it prop­er­ly. in·ge·nu·i·ty (n): the qual­i­ty of being clever, orig­i­nal, and inven­tive. (from googling “def­i­n­i­tion inge­nu­ity”) Turns out I knew the def­i­n­i­tion. Know­ing the def­i­n­i­tion doesn’t change why I was think­ing about it. I can believe that some­times I am each of the qual­i­ties, but not...
The questions not asked - an essay on service (#1)

The questions not asked — an essay on service (#1)

I browse a lot of oth­er blogs by Peace Corps vol­un­teers and appli­cants. What has struck me recent­ly is the mis­di­rec­tion of the rhetoric sur­round­ing the ques­tions to con­sid­er when apply­ing or as you are apply­ing. I’m writ­ing this over a peri­od of time to ensure that this is not just a long series of com­plaints, but these are...