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PCV Spotlight: Char on What Peace Corps Means to Me

This is a guest post by Char in our PCV Spotlight Series:

Who are you?

I’m Charleen Johnson Stoever, a queer, Mexican-American woman from Moses Lake, Washington. I went to college in Boston and feel as if that’s one of my many homes. I live in the department of Matagalpa, and I’m a TEFL Teacher Trainer and Secondary Teacher with TEFL 64. I have experience in promoting Peace Corps Nicaragua as a safe space for LGBTQ volunteers. I’ve also helped train volunteers with best practices in gender equitable teaching and classroom management.

Share a story or something that sums up what PC means to you. Why is this memory, thing, person, or idea so important?

I’d like to talk about my new friend, Rosa.   Continue reading PCV Spotlight: Char on What Peace Corps Means to Me

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Transformation, Conjugation, & Taller de Español

January 2015 Guidepost to Wholehearted Living
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

One of the things that drew Andrew and I to Peace Corps service was the intensive, in-country, pre-service training.  When compared with other volunteer programs, Peace Corps’ three months of training stands out to be one of the best in the world.  We had skills, we wanted to go abroad and use our strengths to better the lives of others, but 6 months ago we knew little about Nicaraguan culture, and while Andrew had studied some Spanish in the past, I sure didn’t know how to use the language. Continue reading Transformation, Conjugation, & Taller de Español

Volunteer Resiliency and the Lifecycle of a Volunteer

January 2015 Guidepost to Wholehearted Living
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

Volunteer resiliency is a common topic at Peace Corps trainings. We’ve already received a few charlas (trainings) on the topic and will continue to receive them over the course of our service. Sometimes called “The toughest job you’ll ever love,” service has its ups and downs, as cultural integration and the slow process of change can be difficult. There’s even this timeline written by a group of COS-ing (Close of service – meaning they’re getting ready to leave) Volunteers in Senegal in the mid-80s that is still used world wide in PC trainings because the experiences PCVs feel at certain times in their service are shockingly similar.
Continue reading Volunteer Resiliency and the Lifecycle of a Volunteer

30 Miles to Integration

January 2015 Guidepost to Wholehearted Living
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

The day after returning from an exhilaratingly exhausting week at Access Camp in Managua, I asked myself if setting out on an 11 hour, 50 kilometer trek from Estelí to El Sauce, Leon with the brothers of Emily’s counterpart was a good idea. Emily was exercising wisdom, and made the tough decision to stay at home and recuperate. She piled into the family’s pickup truck on Sunday morning to meet the walking crew in El Sauce for the first day of the town’s patron saint festival. I, however, with all the unbridled curiosity of a Nilsen, and perceived pseudo-invincibility of a 20-something, couldn’t say no to this integration opportunity. Sore feet and sleep deprivation be damned! Continue reading 30 Miles to Integration

January Guidepost

Guidepost to Wholehearted Living – January 2015
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

Our thoughts on this Guidepost:
+ 30 Miles to Integration
+ Volunteer Resiliency and the Life Cycle of a Volunteer
Transformation, Conjugation, & Taller de Español

We invite you to join the conversation:
+ In what ways do you experience numbing and powerlessness?
+ How can you cultivate a resilient spirit?