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Peace Corps Volunteer 19 Aug 2008
I was born in Madison Maine on November 19, 1957. I lived in Madison in the same house until I went to college. During high school I had a close group of friends. Many of us attended the same church.
My parents and I traveled frequently. I visited Canada, many U.S. states and Puerto Rico. They gave me my love of travel and my willingness to try new things when I traveled.
I went to college at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. The summer after my sophomore year I studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem.
That is where I got the bug to live in another culture. I spent three months there and realized that visiting a place for a week or so only give you the aroma of a place. Staying longer gives you more of the flavor.
After college I married a great guy. We had two children by our fourth anniversary. And life took over, leaving little time for living in another country – unless you consider parenthood another country!
I went back to grad school in the 90s and earned my MLIS. We moved to Mississippi for my first post MLIS job as a College Librarian. In Mississippi I discovered how to live with people that believed things that I found unacceptable but still hold and follow my own beliefs. It was a delicate balancing act and I probably failed on both sides of the scale many times.
After 3 years we returned to Connecticut and I have lived here since 1993.
Now after working 25 years in libraries I am ready for a change. My children are grown. I am on my own now. I joke that I was having a midlife crisis and instead of buying a Harley I joined the Peace Corps.
Actually I have many traits that have lead me to join the Peace Corps. I am adventurous. I like new experiences and new foods. I was not afraid to go to Paris with my daughter and find our own way around. I inherited wanderlust from my dad. I love to travel and meet new people and see what’s around the next corner. I am a bleeding heart liberal and proud of it. “To whom much has been given much is required” It is time for me to give back. I love to teach. I figured teaching of some sort will be involved in any Peace Corps assignment.
I will be teaching ICT (computers) in Sandema High Secondary/Technical School in Sandema, Upper East Region, Ghana. I will be teaching Form 1s and Form 2s, that is equivalent to Freshmen and Sophomores in the USA. I will live on the school campus about 3 miles outside of Sandema. My languate will be buili when I go to town but I will teach in English. Classes start on Sept 15. I will teach in Sandema for two years.
I am coming to the close of my two years teaching. If you read my blog you can see what a fun ride it has been so I will sign up for another year with the Peace Corps. My assignment and site will change, at my request. I want to work with teachers so there are more ICT teachers in Ghana. So another year!