Fifty Years of the Peace Corps in Asia: Voices from the Field [Peace Corps]

3 Nov

Website link: http://www.gwu.edu/~sigur/news/index.cfm#PeaceCorps


Fifty Years of the Peace Corps in Asia: Voices from the Field

Transnational Asia Lecture Series

Monday, November 7, 2011
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Rachel Hatch, Mongolia (2006-2008)
English Language Methodologist, Ministry of Education, Erdenet

Laura Ahearn, Nepal (1982-1985)
ESL and Math Teacher, Palpa District; Volunteer Leader and Nepali Teacher Trainer, Across Nepal

Luke Ventura, Thailand (2004-2006)
Teacher Collaboration and Community Outreach, Dankhunthot, Nakhon Ratchasima

Discussant: Robert Shepherd, Nepal (1985-1987)
English and Health Teacher, Sri Dilpeshwar Secondary School, Dipayal, Doti

Peace Corps volunteers have been serving in Asia since the agency was founded in 1961. They have been tasked with three goals: “helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served”; and, upon completing their service, “helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.”

This panel brings together three returned volunteers who served in Mongolia, Nepal, and Thailand. They will talk about the realities of volunteer life, what it means to be the “face of their nation,” and the difficulties of explaining their experiences to friends and neighbors at home.

Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/PeaceCorpsNov7 by Friday, November 4.

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