Monthly Archives: January 2011

Human Relations at Preservice Training

Human relations at training This one will be a bit of a challenge to write, for two reasons. I will reveal more of my own weaknesses than usual (both intentionally and probably unintentionally) and I must write it in a … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineered Crackers

My family likes to have me cook. Well, they liked it the first time I cooked for them. Today was not such a success. The first time I found bottled spaghetti sauce, ground pork, spaghetti, broccoli, and made dishes that … Continue reading

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Exotic

I am a tourist, too, even though I have written mostly about training. Here are some of the experiences that tell me “we’re not in Kansas anymore.” rice fields in the spectacular new green of plants that are 12 inches … Continue reading

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Culture Clash

Yesterday the most interesting question (to me) asked in preservice training was part of a list of stressors. We were to check off the top three stressors we’re experiencing at this point and interestingly they were worded somewhat strongly so … Continue reading

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Homestay Family and Site of the Century

After three days of preparation at a central site (try to imagine how little Thai we know despite the excellence of the language instruction, although I did study in advance of our departure) we are now living with home-stay families. … Continue reading

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Day 4 in Thailand: Quick Note before Internet Access gets Dicey

This will be a whirlwind collage of experiences in the first days of my Peace Corps Training” flight delays brought us to the training site a day late, in the dead of night, for two hours sleep before preparing for … Continue reading

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What expectations?

I’m wondering today how far I can go in washing out of my mind any expectations for the Thai Peace Corps experience, because unfulfilled expectations (or in appropriate expectations) are so troublesome. I’m telling myself not to expect, just to … Continue reading

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