It helps to have a sense of humor if you’re a Peace Corps volunteer. Over the years, volunteers around the world have produced funny videos about their experiences. Here are three of my favorites. If you know of other funny Peace Corps videos that could be added to this list, please add a comment and share your suggestion.
The third video, “Poop in a Hole,” is no longer on YouTube but is available on Facebook here.
Everyone’s Peace Corps experience is different. I want to pause from our own narrative to share some stories from my fellow volunteers, all of whom contributed to the Peace Corps Moldova Stories site. Most recently: Scott Ondap, a health education volunteer from California, described his experience serving as a godparent to the child of his adult … Continue reading Volunteer Voices
Champa and I now know when we will finish our Peace Corps service: on July 3. We and the other members of our Moldova 31 group gathered at a Close of Service (COS) Lottery on Saturday afternoon to take turns choosing dates this summer when we’ll each wrap up. Peace Corps staggers our departures to … Continue reading Dates of Departure
‘Tis the season for year-end lists of favorite books. Here’s mine from Moldova. I downloaded almost all of these books onto my Kindle for free through the online OverDrive system which, as I’ve written previously, is the best thing that ever happened to a Peace Corps Volunteer who likes to read. I could fill … Continue reading My Favorite Books
This is my 200th post on Not Exactly Retired, which I started in mid-2015. As we’ve traveled around the United States, spent time in Nepal and served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Moldova, the blog’s audience has kept growing, with more than 26,000 visits so far. Thanks to all of you who have joined us on … Continue reading 200 Posts: Top Ten
The “5 W’s” — who, what, where, when and why, plus how — are the language of journalism, no matter what language you speak. This past Friday, teenagers in a journalism club in the Moldovan town of Călărași answered all five of these questions with flair when I challenged them to write stories and headlines … Continue reading Journalism Club
If “robotics” sounds daunting to you, well, it did to me, too. Then I agreed to help launch a robotics program at the library where I work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ialoveni. Now I can program a small robot to roam around the room, pick up objects, avoid collisions and roar like a … Continue reading Robots at the Library
Back when I was a science writer in the Washington, D.C. area, I interacted with three of the scientists who received Nobel Prizes this past week, a fact that’s reminded me of the career I left behind and led me to reflect on what I’m doing now. I worked on an op-ed article with Richard … Continue reading Nobel Season
I bet that sign got your attention. As someone who works in communications, I’m always interested in how people and businesses share their messages. Champa and I saw some funny examples Wednesday night as we strolled along Sixth Street, the heart of Austin’s bar scene. Here are a couple of the other signs we passed: There … Continue reading Signs for Staying Weird
The cowboy and cattle are real. We know because they strolled across our Montana highway this afternoon. We had to wait until they passed. The stylized horse and rabbit are statues. We know because we saw them in a sculpture garden in downtown Des Moines. We’ve seen so much since we left the Chicago area … Continue reading Cattle, Statues and Lots of Miles