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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!

-vc

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11 Comments

  1. Richard Rowe said,

    March 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Vicky, I ready your post on OLPC News. Thank you for sharing your reactions.

    Since you are going to Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer, take a look at the Open Learning Exchange – Ghana, which has offices there. OLE Ghana is just setting up — focusing on helping the country move to Universal Basic Education by 2015 using free and open source content and the use of appropriate technology.

    Being a librarian, I am sure they could use your help.The Presdient of the Ghanaian Library Association, (Valentina J. A. Bannerman (Mrs.), University Librarian, University of Education, Winneba; and President, Ghana Library.) is on the OLE Ghana Board. You should look her up; she is terrific.

    Let me know if we can help in any way.

    Richard R. Rowe, Ph.D., Chair
    Open Learning Exchange
    http://www.ole.org
    richard@ole.org

    PS: We thionk of ourselves as “technology gnostic” and like the ASUS eee PC. There are others under development that might be even better for lesser economically developed areas.

    RRR

  2. Jennifer said,

    March 31, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Hello… I see that you are going to be joining the Peace Corps training in Ghana this June… I am too! I was looking into Blogs about Ghana and found yours. Are you excited? I am… My assignment is to be an art teacher in the schools. I had a friend that volunteered for the Peace Corps doing the same thing, and she gave me a lot of advice. She said she had an amazing time. See you in June!

  3. Kazelaoo said,

    July 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Hi webmaster!

  4. seth anim said,

    January 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    it great to be a teacher……..a teacher is the greatest occupation one can acquire in life…….teacher brings hope and life to all…………..teacher is the greatest of all occupation…………..

  5. freda bright said,

    February 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    yes we, been enlightened so much about racial descrimination that no one can talk to us any how.And it a plus well than marvwl keep it up it the young ones that really have to know about it

  6. michelle royer said,

    March 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Vicky Hi I told my ILS 501 class about 1person. We were writing about teaching Web 2.0 technology or not in places where there is limitied or no internet. Do you teach the tools or not. Your January 29 post was perfect for this discussion. Keep up all the great work that you do!!!!

    Michelle

  7. C. Bottomley said,

    June 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    My aunt Betsy Bray directed me towards your blog because I mentioned trying to join the Peace Corps. Reading your entries, I can see that it’s not for me. But I’ve enjoyed reading your blog – you’re an excellent writer and should keep it up!

  8. Paul said,

    September 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Aunt Vickie,
    I have been reading your blog the past 3 nights and have been most impressed by its rich detail, serious sense of purpose, humor, fairness and mature perspective. It reads like an adventure novel, which it is .
    A Ghanaian citizen resident in New York, I have set myself the task of assessing my country’s progress or lack of it through the eyes of visiting foreigners like peace corps volunteers, not overly rich but resourceful. While the description of your work in your adopted community may not be the economic and social analysis that a textbook will present, the narrative helps me form a clear picture of the conditions prevailing in the country having lived there myself up to the mid- eighties. Bravo and continue the good work. Paul.

    PS: A rather painful experience coming back from Burkina. My advice to you is always stick to your original travel plan/itinerary and do not cut corners.

  9. Shurbani Abdul Talib said,

    February 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Hello and salam to you. I am from Malaysia and I love reading PCVs blogs and yours is very interesting. Keep on writing good cool stuff 🙂

  10. aboora robert said,

    May 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I like your style n will to pass on what u have experience with Africa keep it up and you always be bless

  11. NAPOLEON DOTSE WOKA said,

    April 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    A GOOD JOB! A female Peace Corps volunteer by name Kimberley Owens from Michigan was at Apeguso Senior High School in 2002. She really helped. Blessed you.


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