27 August 2011 – BASCO Friends

Eric Mintah and Luise

Werner Beckmann 

 Luise, Johan Martin Kramer and a student practicing for the Christmas play.

 

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RPCV

 

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Sometime in August – Kumasi Suboffice

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps and because Ghana was the first country to have volunteers on the ground PC is sprucing up the offices. When I visited the Kumasi Sub-office for the last time this month I saw the great murals that fellow volunteers put on the walls. Here they are!

It’s Not About Me

That is the best piece of advice I received tonight. The  CTRPCV (CT Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) met tonight in Glastonbury. They graciously allowed me and  Helen to attend.There were volunteers who served in Africa, in South America and in the Carribean. Volunteers who served in the 60s,  70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

I decided to ask each of them for a  memory and for advice to someone just joining. The woman who served in Seirra Leon said to open my heart to the African people.  The Person who served in the Dominican said everything that is right is wrong and everything that is wrong is right.  May favorite piece of advice was that this is not about me but about helping the people I am living with at what ever place they need help.

I would encourage any of you going to the Peace Corps to find your local RPCV chapter. they are  a great source of information and support. My chapter welcomed me like a new sibling. I learned about a group in Ct that sends books to PCVs. THE CT group raises funds to support projects of current CT PCVs.  and i heard something about an alhoa

Moving Day

Today is moving day. Of course I wish I didn’t have to move. I like my own space. I like my stuff. BUT this will be a good first transitional step from the land of plenty to the dark continent. Heck I’ll probably look back on renting this room as still a huge amount of space. it will be in a house with a basement and two floors. there will be indoor plumbing and running water. and i’ll be living with someone who speaks my language. maybe this is only a baby step in my transition!

Again I have loving family and friends who are helping with this transition. Always a blessing!

-vc