Thursday, October 25, 2007

UKRAINE - Peace Corps Assignment

Master's International Community Economic Development

September 2006 a Peace Corps application was posted to the Boston Regional Office. It contained pages of resumes, aspiration statements, health forms, legal forms, financial forms, questionnaires and letters of reference. Months passed before the in-person interview with Josh in the Boston office in January of 2007. More months passed before the acceptance. This was followed by an application to Southern New Hampshire University Master's International Community Economic Development program (MI CED). The CED program began in May and ran for 10 full-time weeks with a wonderfully interesting and colorful contingent of foreign students and faculty. The world was at my doorstep and I learned just as much from my classmates as I did the coursework. They were facilitators and change agents creating opportunities for less fortunate or disaster stricken populations. The warmth, bonding and comraderie was truly amazing and gives me tools to tackle any Peace Corps project head on.

The second semester puts us all on-line in project implementation and continuation.