Jul 22, 2012

Call for E-Aide

I won't double post for those who are following my Peace Corps blog and this (to summarize, I recently visited the town I will live in for the next to years and loved it and am now a vampire), but I will say that I've recently realized what a huge, big scary thing Peace Corps is.  I'll be in a town where I don't speak the language, not only living by myself for the first time, but also as the only white person in the town, and I'm expected to be an ambassador for the United States and a worker of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education to tell people with more experience than me how to do their jobs better. And it's up to me to find out what they're doing wrong and how to fix it. 

It's....a lot of pressure and an emotional bundle that comes no where near what I feel like with writing, and a large part of it is that I feel so unprepared and inexperienced despite all the training Peace Corps is giving us. 

Thus, I was wondering if you guys had any electronic resources on topics that could help me if you wouldn't mind sending them my way in an e-mail (gwentolios@gmail.com). I would love love love anything on:

teaching in general
teaching English/reading/writing
teaching English as a Foreign Language
how to do assessments/monitoring and evaluation
Girl Scouts
The rules of soccer/volleyball/basketball and how to coach such sports
organizing libraries
Parent and Teacher Associations
summer camps

And while it's not necessary for my Peace Corps work and is more personally, GMAT study materials because I've gone through what I have and am planning on retaking the test while I'm here in Ethiopia.

 I hope you guys are having a wonderful summer! I've heard back home it's broken 100 F, but here it maybe reaches 65 around noon and most of the time rests at 55.  Hope all your writing is going well! Mine been totally nonexistent aside from a daily journal.But I did have a crazy dream the other night that has potential.


  1. Sounds like you have quite the load! I don't know if I could handle that kind of pressure. I'm not sure about links but I have been a cub scout leader for the past four years so I know a thing or two about scouting if you have any questions. Seriously, I wish you the best and I hope you can adjust. Love the people you work with and I bet the answers will come to you (but I'm sure you already do that!) Good luck!

  2. I really admire you for doing this, I know I would never be able to manage it. I will see if I can find any links to help, I doubt it but if I come upon anything I'll send it on.
    I'm so surprised about the temperature there, I assumed you would be so hot! Interesting that it is much hotter here in the Midwest.

    Best wishes to you as you continue on this adventure! :)