Posts tagged "Primary project"
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...
One year of service in...

One year of service in…

…and still look­ing for tech­nol­o­gy trans­fer in all the famil­iar places.
Day of Sustainable Technology Transfer

Day of Sustainable Technology Transfer

It just doesn’t have the same ring to it though. How­ev­er, dis­cussing Thanks­giv­ing dur­ing my Span­ish con­ver­sa­tion group this week, we stum­bled upon what the day is real­ly about. Sure, there are the parts about shar­ing the boun­ty of the har­vest, but the real­ly last­ing effects were the knowl­edge trans­fer and capac­i­ty build­ing from the...
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...
Working... Expocyteq and Cinvestav

Working… Expocyteq and Cinvestav

I don’t write a lot about work for a vari­ety of rea­sons, but yes­ter­day was a good pri­ma­ry project day. I worked at my site’s booth in a sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy expo­si­tion for kids. The focus of our booth was alter­na­tive ener­gy, and there was a hands-on activ­i­ty where the kids got to see wind, solar, and chem­i­cal ener­gy work. A mini...
(tee hee) I found some sustainable development at the office.

(tee hee) I found some sustainable development at the office.

I’ve been mean­ing to take my new, big zoom lens to work for a while to cap­ture the amaz­ing insect world out there. Final­ly I remem­bered this week, and then the prob­lem was that I had a lot of work to do. I kept try­ing to leave the office a bit ear­ly in the evening to have some time to crawl...
Out of the fire and into something...

Out of the fire and into something…

This week is Ear­ly In-Ser­vice Train­ing. That’s all I can say about that right now, except that tomor­row is my “pre­sen­ta­tion” on my cen­ter and how the first 3 months have gone. I’ve been feel­ing a bit prick­ly about it, but hope­ful­ly I don’t come away too burned. Enough with the semi-puns now and I had no on-hand, unpub­lished cac­tus pic­tures....
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...
(More than a few) Thoughts on teaching my first English Conversation Class

(More than a few) Thoughts on teaching my first English Conversation Class

One of the most obvi­ous ben­e­fits that we can pro­vide as Peace Corps vol­un­teers is Eng­lish teach­ing. This is also clear­ly an empha­sis for the orga­ni­za­tion, and that is no excep­tion here in Mex­i­co, even though in Tech Trans­fer, we are almost exclu­sive­ly “spe­cial­ists” with a vari­ety of tech­ni­cal assign­ments. A few were giv­en Eng­lish teach­ing projects....
Pre-class snack champions

Pre-class snack champions

I taught my first Eng­lish con­ver­sa­tion class yes­ter­day, so of course I had to pre­pare before­hand. Cof­fee and a Colom­bian treat car­ried me through in excel­lent style. More on this expe­ri­ence in a bit — the teach­ing expe­ri­ence, not the snack­ing expe­ri­ence. I have plen­ty of snack­ing suc­cess sto­ries, but not enough pic­tures.
Furniture delivered...with style

Furniture delivered…with style

I would like to say that this is the last post about mov­ing in, but I’m very excit­ed about my futon deliv­ery on Thurs­day, so there will prob­a­bly be a pic­ture of that as well. These mov­ing-in pic­tures and posts are what is hap­pen­ing in my life right now, but they are not inter­est­ing for more...