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  San Diego Peace Corps Association Newsletter

September – October 2006— Volume 19, Number 5

Index: click on your choice...

In Need of a PR Person

From San Diego PCVs serving in-country:
Greetings from Zambia........An Update from Ecuador

Seeing and Building....................Arson Is Most Likely

July Social Hour

Pres Msg: Get the Word Out!

Board Minutes--June/July 06


Recruiter's Corner

NOTE: SDCA email addresses here are no longer clickable to prevent roaming spam servers reading them. Sorry for the inconvenience- 9/05


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Get Involved!

Become more involved with internationally-minded San Diegans.
Consider joining the SDPCA’s new
Community Outreach Committee!  
This Commitee will build partnerships with internationally focused organizations in the San Diego area as a means to strengthen our SDPCA membership.  1 year term.  Monthly Committee meetings.

Interested?  – Want to learn more? 
Please contact Kate McDevitt at 

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SDPCA In Need of a P.R. Person

Are you experienced – or want to be experienced – in contacting the media for a group like ours?  For more than a year the Board of Directors has discussed the need for someone who can assist us in communicating with the media in San Diego. We feel that it would be helpful to connect with former PCVs as well as the community at large to let them know about some of our programs.

Not only have we lost track of some RPCV’s who once belonged to SDPCA, but there are others who could have moved here that could learn about us and our programs.

Many of you already know about our social and community action activities as well as our grant giving program.  We would like to expand that knowledge in the community through the media, i.e. The Union-Tribune, The Reader, TV, radio, etc.

A good example of information that would be valuable to get out to the media is contained in this issue’s “Recruiter’s Corner” by Rudy Sovinee.  The valuable course recently offered at UCSD and panel discussions presented by RPCVs are extremely interesting and a valuable resource for many and also are examples of how communicating these events across the media is important.

Another reason for communicating our activities to the outside world is that of donations.  It’s possible that we may reach people who may want to connect with us and donate to our grant program so that we can help even more PCVs in their community projects in various parts of the world.

In any case, if you feel that you could be the one we’re looking for to help us in this endeavor to become our media spokesperson, please contact me at and someone from the Board will be contacting you soon.

Thank you.
–Lynn Jarrett, Ukraine 2001–03.

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Seeking Help with
“Re-Entry” Research

My name is William Dinges. I am a professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

 I am in the initial stages of a research initiative that will be looking at the “re-entry” experiences of overseas volunteers in a number of Catholic lay volunteer associations (Jesuit Volunteers International, Maryknoll  Lay Missioners; Franciscan Mission Service, etc.).

 This note is a query as to whether or not you (or someone associated with your group) has done (or published) any empirical research looking at the impact of Peace Corps service on the part of your membership after they have returned to the US?

As I formulate questionnaire material appropriate to studying Catholic lay volunteer associations, I am attempting to get some sense of similar work done on volunteers in other groups or kindred associations.

 I would very much appreciate hearing from someone on your end regarding the above.
–William D. Dinges, Ph.D., School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America

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Greetings from Zambia!

by Tim Mildrew, PCV Zambia

I am just starting my 8th week of pre-service training. I realize that I haven’t provided you with much information about what I have been doing for these past 2 months. The truth is that I’ve had little time to collect my thoughts due to my rigid training schedule. I’ll provide a brief background about what has happened to me so far.

I arrived in Zambia on June 9th. We stayed in Eureka Camp near Lusaka. Inside the camp were giraffe, zebra, antelope, monkeys, and other animals. We stayed there for a couple of days to recover from our jetlag. We then traveled to Mwekera which is outside Kitwe to begin our training.

Currently, there are three groups in training: RAP,  fish farming, HAP,  HIV/AIDS awareness, and LIFE, Linking Income Food and the Environment (my program). Under the LIFE program, I will be working as a forest extension agent - which basically means that I will be working with communities to set up Village Resource Management Committees and helping them in working alongside the Forest Department to use their resources in a sustainable manner. My tasks also may include helping villagers with income generating activities such as beekeeping, teaching environmental studies in the local schools, working with farmers to increase their crop yield and improve their food storage facilities, and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. Basically, when I get to my permanent site, I will work with my community to find ways to address their needs.

Training is very intense. I live with a family of farmers who happen to speak the language that I am learning, Kaonde. Usually, I see them only during meal times and after I return home from training.  I have language classes in the morning.  I’ve found Kaonde moderately difficult compared to other languages I have studied. It gets complicated because it uses noun-adjective agreement (different nouns classes call for modification of adjectives). Where I am training not many people speak Kaonde, because it is predominantly used in the Northwest; outside my language class, the only practice I get speaking it is with my host family.

At my homestay, I live in a white and red mud brick house with a thatched roof. Inside, I have a table, bookshelf, water filter, lantern, mattress, and mosquito net. Outside, my house is my bathing shelter and latrine. My house is located on the family compound (right next door to another family hosting a trainee). Most of my meals are prepared for me. I eat breakfast and lunch by myself and dinner usually with my Zambian father and brother. As a guest for the first two weeks or so, I was given the best chair, the best meat, and I had someone wash my hands first before a meal. I was a little uncomfortable about receiving all this attention in the beginning. However, as time goes on, I have been able to find ways to integrate myself into the routine of my family by doing my own laundry, pounding my own peanut butter, etc. Also, right from the start, I tried to use as little English as possible in interacting with my family, although my host brother happens to speak some English.

Although this made sharing about myself in the beginning very difficult, I think that it has paid off in the long-run because it put pressure on me to learn the language and I believe that what I have to say will carry greater weight in their native language. I attended church with my family on several occasions. They are Evangelical. I didn’t understand most of what was being said during the service. During my second visit, they read out verses in English for my benefit. There is a lot singing and dancing involved in the services. It was a very interesting cultural experience.

My technical sessions usually take place during the afternoons. We are learning about forestry, gardening, tree nurseries, agriculture, permaculture, environmental education, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, beekeeping, organic pesticides, composting, jam making, and many other things. Depending on the circumstances of where I am assigned, I may use some or all of these disciplines.

I had my first teaching experiences during weeks four and five. In my first class, I taught about habitat and natural resources. We played a game in which there were kids who pretended to be deer on one side and kids pretending to be habitat on the other side. The deer and the habitat had to make different hand signs for food, water, shelter, and space and then the deer ran to the habitat that matched with their hand signs. Those deer that touched with their habitat choice lived and brought the habitat over to their side to become deer and those deer that didn’t touch died and became part of the habitat. We then explored what would happen to some of the deer if there weren’t one of the habitats available. It was a little hard to control the game because we had two classrooms  together (80 kids total), but I think the kids enjoyed the game and learned something. During my second class, I taught about trees. We played a game that showed what happens to habitat with deforestation. We also planted trees on the school grounds.

We also have cultural sessions that teach us about Zambian culture. Some topics we learned about are marriages and funeral practices. Other sessions deal with staying healthy while living in Zambia—avoiding rabies, shisto, and malaria—just to name a few. We also have sessions that teach about the current HIV/AIDS situation in Zambia and ways to integrate HIV/AIDS education into our village programs. A lot of my time is also spent bike riding to and from different areas where we have sessions. I wish we had a more centralized location. 

My language group and I went on a site visit two weeks ago to visit a LIFE volunteer in the Northwest. It was sort of bush and we had to travel down this bumpy road for a couple of hours. We got to meet the chief there and he told us about the history of the Kaondes. We also got to meet a group of beekeepers and a village resource management committee of farmers. It felt good to be in an area where a majority of the people spoke the language that I am learning. After my site visit, we traveled to Kasisi farms, an agricultural training site outside of Lusaka. What I experienced at Kasisi farms were farming techniques on such a mass scale that it was very encouraging, but at the same time very intimidating when I think of what I would need to do it in my own village.

I received my site assignment the other day. My site is located in the Northwest Province of Zambia near Kasempa. The volunteer before me left early (early terminated) about 6 months into their service, so it is still a relatively new site. Possible programs include Joint Forest Management, beekeeping, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, HIV/AIDS, and environmental education.

In the two weeks that I have left before swear-in, I look forward to completing my training and finally reaching my site.

I hope that this finds you all in good health. Please keep me informed as to what is happening in your own lives. I can’t promise you that I can respond to you in a timely manner, but I will try my best to respond to everyone.

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It was only a few months ago that Alaina was at the SDPCA event in Old Town with us. Here is an early report – including some of those early lessons that we remember learning.

An Update from Ecuador

by Alaina Gallegos, PCV Ecuador

Hi Everyone,

I have finally downloaded some pictures for everyone to see how beautiful Ecuador is.  I have been sitting at the internet cafe for an hour now trying to download these pictures (service is SLOW here!).  So don’t expect more pictures from me for awhile.

 Everything here is good.  Training is almost over and I have been to the Christian Children’s Foundation to meet my counterparts.  In the Cangauhua photo, it shows a glimpse of my training site.  This is where I have been living for the past 6 weeks.  It is in the Sierra and it is usually pretty cold here.  I have also included a photo of my new host family in my permanent town.  I stayed with them last week, as I was exploring and getting more acquainted with my future job.  I won’t necessarily be living with them for 2 years, but they are still my “family”.  I will be working with the man in the photograph, as he is my counterpart for CCF.  I will most likely be spending weekends and holidays working with CCF.  There is also a photo of kids at a school that I will be working at.  The scenery is absolutely amazing as you can see in the picture.  I am spending the first 3 months following the mobilizadores around to 56 different schools.  They do education sessions on:  nutrition, sex education, HIV, hygiene, and lots of other fun stuff.

 Funny Stories:
• Cooking Lesson:  Everybody in my site thinks that I am a nutritionist.  On Saturday, I decided to show off my good nutrition knowledge and cook dinner for my host family as a token of appreciation for their hospitality to me.  Anyway, I decided that cooking noodles in a pressure cooker was a good idea.  To my defense, I had never used one in the US.  So, I heard the water bubbling and I decided that it is a good idea to open up the top to check the noodles.  Well, someone who has ever used a pressure cooker before knows that it is the worst thing anyone could ever do.  So, I received a hot burst of water in my face and my family got a noodle surprise all over their kitchen!  Don’t worry, I am okay.  I did get burned, but it is healing very nicely now.

• Hiking Alone:  Wild dogs are rampant in Ecuador and all over South America.  So going hiking alone in the mountains is not necessarily a good idea.  Yesterday, I learned my lesson when I was nearly attacked by three dogs.  I started running from them and tripped.  I thought this would be the end of me, but they just bit at my pants (which were thick Boy Scout Venture pants) and then left me alone. 

 I learned some valuable lessons this week:  NEVER cook noodles in a pressure cooker and try to force the lid off and do not go hiking alone, or without a big stick!  I miss and love everyone!  I have to go home now so I can eat my rice and potatoes for dinner, mmmm!

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Victor is a senior who has vast experience in community development and also practiced as a clinical psychologist before volunteering for the Peace Corps. He was the bearded guy in the “Super Bowl” photo from 2005.

Seeing and Building

by Victor Bloomberg, PCV Paraguay

A message arrived via the Internet. Paraguay is a long way from San Diego. Sometimes the internet or even the phone doesn’t keep a personal connection alive, other times it’s like a feeding tube for a bed-bound patient, and for some it’s a cyber equivalent of veins and arteries that let the spiritual blood of relationships flow. The message was from my Peace Corps recruiter asking if I would write an article for the San Diego Peace Corps Association.

Lacking a crystal ball, the application to the Peace Corps was a leap of faith. Wrapping up an adult’s lifetime in San Diego took all of the two years that elapsed before I left for Miami on the way to Paraguay. All I knew about the country was a little bit of history that I found on the internet and that there would not be a hurricane in this small, landlocked South American country. It’s surrounded by Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. (These three countries waged a genocidal war against Paraguay in the mid-1880s and some of the consequences persist).

There is so much to tell about Paraguay (my online journal captures but a small portion of it.) It has suffered from rapid deforestation during the most recent thirty years. It has an immense youth population, birth control is legal but not culturally accepted for premarital sexual relations, and abortion is illegal. The Catholic church is fully integrated in the fabric of the society and there are remnants of Liberation Theology throughout the country. The democratic political system that replaced the fascist dictatorship has been ineffective in managing the economy for the public good; the United States supported the dictator and now supports the reformers who are a minority sect among the elite.

During training in Paraguay, a soon to be volunteer asked, ¨What are we doing here?¨ The problems are so immense, our understanding is so limited, and our ability to do things is constrained by the culture and lack of resources. At the time, without concrete experience in the field, my response was philosophical. Two months in Encarnación provides the basis for a more specific reply. (For more details about the city, please visit:

The Director of the Education/Urban Youth Sector came to town to give a standard presentation. It was held at the home of my host family for about a dozen Paraguayans (and two French-Canadian students). There were songs and dance from a husband, wife, son and daughter that have become my friends in a short time. There was laughter and serious discussion.  It was explained that Peace Corps is an opportunity for cross-cultural sharing and sharing of technical assistance. The opportunities that we see (or miss) and the relationships that we build (or neglect) define the experience for each volunteer and the community.

My host family consists of two teenage girls and a young man that is a family friend. The father died three years ago. The mother moved to Spain for work and sends money to them. The young man goes to university part-time, he wants to become a computer programmer. The elder sister is pregnant.  The person that got her pregnant is not involved in the life of the family. When I arrived, the back yard was a mess. With the family’s permission, I’ve cleaned it up and have a small, organic garden. Yesterday, I gave the first helping of lettuce, spinach and green onions to my host family.

I have worked with Paraguayans in the Municipal garbage dump to help prepare a community (of 70 families and 230 workers) for relocation. They mine the dump for glass, plastic, metal and paper for recycling. They raise pigs and chickens, utilize expired food products, and also there is a daily lunch provided by an evangelical church for the children. The residents speak Guarani. My efforts are going slowly to pick up the language. My job is to observe and video the poorest of the poor.

In town, in one of the poorer barrios, my work includes meetings with a group of youth that help me with Guarani. We meet at a daily lunch program that is provided by the Catholic church. Guarani is a language that pre-dates the arrival of the Conquistadors in the 1500´s. While bilingual education is the official policy of the country, the language is being challenged by the domination of Spanish in the schools, the media and the economy. Several kids have asked why I want to learn Guarani; they smile when I include reasons of love and respect. The video documentary is part of a Paraquayan´s vision of a small business dedicated to radio and video programs in Guarani.

A group of artisans are interested in forming an economic solidarity group in order to expand their businesses. The banks will not give them loans because the amounts that are needed are too small and they do not have any collateral. My role is to facilitate the participation of Non-Governmental Organizations and provide technical assistance during my two years of service.

There’s an old hymn that includes the phrases, “I once was lost, now I am found – I once was blind, now I see”  At times, so far from family and friends in a society that is very different in so many ways, I feel lost. Sometimes, because of my language limitations and cultural differences, I feel blind. It may or may not be mystical, but it is the building of relationships that allows me to see.

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Dear Friends, Below is my most recent Xanga entry. I’m writing to find a few people that might know how I can post a six  minute Windows Media Video (WMV) film on the web. I put it together with two camcorders, it shows “before and after”. The hope is then we can send the link to others in order to raise funds. The plan is to match Paraguayan donations. Everything is difficult down here, but I’ll try to change the format to make it better for the web. Also, we need some organization to receive funds and coordinate with the Paraguayan non-profit. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Love, Victor Bloomberg, PCV Paraguay

Arson Is Most Likely

It seems that someone burned down to the ground the humble structure that housed the recyclables that the Municipal garbage dump Coop sells in order to buy the members’ daily bread. The structure also housed the daily lunch program for the families´ children. There was the smell of gasoline in the ground near the destroyed remains of the structure. A sample was taken and given to the Municipal investigator. His office later said there´s nothing they could do. The members of the cooperative believe that persons that see the coop as an economic threat set the fire.

 The fire flared up between 2am and 3am. The preceding afternoon, the coop members were discussing the need for security; the plan was to be implemented the next day. It was too late. We arrived before 9am the same day. People were stunned. It is heartbreaking when you are pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and someone knocks you down. I was asked to film. That night, with two camcorders connected, I put together a short ¨before and after video¨. The coop delivered it to the mayor of Encarnación the next morning. He said he’d watch it and he gave the coop permission to film the meeting. The mayor promised to put up posts and a roof to shelter the recyclables that will be collected from here on out. He will take to city council a proposal to put up walls and a door, and to install electricity. A Paraguayan non-profit with support from Spain will continue to feed the kids. There is no means to recover the loss of income to the coop members. The poorest of the poor do not have savings and cannot get loans.

 By the end of the next day after the fire, the families of the coop had cleared the charred ruins of the building that was their ¨field of dreams.¨ I watched as the sun set on families that swept the ashes from the surface of the adobe foundation.
–Victor Bloomberg, PCV Paraguay

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From National Peace Corps Association:
Connect. Inform. Engage.

It’s what NPCA does for the Peace Corps community. And it’s in that spirit that I’m pleased to share with you some important news.

On July 25 President Bush nominated Ron Tschetter to be the 17th Director of Peace Corps. Ron and his wife Nancy were volunteers in India from 1966 to 1968. Ron’s appointment will mark just the third time a returned Peace Corps volunteer serves in that position, a criterion NPCA advocated for with the White House Personnel Office. Ron also knows NPCA well: he is a past Board Chair and current Director’s Circle member. We look forward to working with him to strengthen the partnership between Peace Corps and NPCA, especially around Third Goal activities.

Earlier this month “Hlatikulu Journal,” an article written by Peace Corps volunteer Alyson Peel and published in the 2005 special WorldView issue on AIDS, won first place in the small association feature category of the 2006 Gold Circle Awards sponsored annually by The American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership. We’re very proud of WorldView, which is read by serving Peace Corps volunteers around the world and comes as a benefit of NPCA membership.

Peace Corps volunteers make a difference long after they finish their service overseas.

For information on these and other happenings in our community, and to get connected, informed and engaged, please visit our Web site at

With very best wishes,
–Kevin Quigley, President, NPCA

NPCA Capitol Hill Advocacy in DC

      • Wednesday, September 13
        • Training
        • Planning Workshops
      • Thursday, September 14
        • Orientation
        • Congressional Meetings
        • Debriefing Session
        • Celebration

More news after Advocacy DC!

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Speaking from the Heart

by Crystal Green, Ph.D., LMFT Associate Clinical Director at Survivors

At Survivors of Torture, International, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping survivors of politically-motivated torture from more than 50 countries worldwide, clients come to us from all over the linguistic map. They speak Acholi, Amharic, Bemba, Chaldean, Dinka, Pashto, Kinyarwanda, Nuer, Somali, and many other languages you might never have heard of, unless you are a Peace Corps activist! Many survivors speak two, three, even four languages fluently, but they may not speak English well enough to tell their story and begin their healing.

Torture experiences are often referred to as being “too much for words” or “inexpressible”. Torture does seem to defy words. It is beyond the routine of the common vocabulary. However, language is at the core of what makes us human. Language ties us to our fellows in community. The human voice is recognizable even to infants as they enter the world. The intent of torture is to break that humanity. To ravage trust and confidence. To shatter the bonds that tie an individual to a community. Torture can snap the chords that give voice to one in order to silence a multitude.

Torture survivors need the skills of trained and compassionate interpreters to lend them voice in English. To interpret the subtleties of the intense emotion and experience of surviving torture is an art. Interpreters are wordsmiths, artists of human expression. Some interpreters are needed regularly due to the high demand for their language, such as Arabic or French. Others are needed only sporadically, but the need is still crucial to the survivor trying to tell her or his story. However often an interpreter works with us we always appreciate their skills, compassion and willingness to serve with us in our mission.

Interpreters at Survivors receive an orientation and must sign confidentiality agreements before they are hired to work as contractors with our staff, clinicians, allied health professionals and medical doctors. Interpreters receive a modest hourly payment for the professional contribution to our important work.

Word by word, story by story, our interpreters, clinicians, doctors, and staff are together re-building the hope and re-creating the community that survivors and their families need to feel whole and healed. Through the interpreters the “unspeakable” becomes a narrative, and that narrative becomes a strong force against torture. We extend our thanks to the many former Peace Corps volunteers who have used their voices as instruments to end torture over the past 9 years. 

If you would like to become a contract interpreter with Survivors, please call or email Crystal Green at (619) 278-2404 or To view our latest newsletter or more information about the organization, please log on to our website at

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Community Action Notes

On July 22 SDPCA again worked at the Friends Center. It was over 100 degrees!!  Next work party on October 14-see you there!

More info: see Calendar or contact Lisa at 

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July Social Hour–Tower After Hours:

Photos above and below of the Museum of Man’s Tower After Hours event – with a cultural theme celebrating Lebanon – give you an idea of an ambiente enjoyable for all attending. Join us in September and October for Cuba and Sudan. (see page  4 and 5)!   (Photographs by Connery Cepeda)

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We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?  –Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-97)

From the President...
Get the Word Out!

Greetings! I hope you have enjoyed the summer and have tried to stay cool.  The summer has seen SDPCA members at some great events, among them the Tour After Hours at the Museum of Man, Peace Resource Center Work Day, and the Health Panel Discussion in conjunction with the Los Angeles recruiting office.  I have enjoyed seeing a variety of longtime members at the functions, as well as meeting new members and Nominees.  I know the ‘06-’07 Board Members are settling into their roles and have many great ideas for functions and strengthening our organization, so be sure to browse the newsletter for more details on upcoming events.

On another note, there has been discussion about how to better “get the word out” about SDPCA, our events, and the possibility of building ties with other like-minded organizations in San Diego. 

You will read more about this in the newsletter, but we would like to strengthen our public relations in order to continue our work on the Third Goal.  So please, if you have any ideas, we would love to hear them!

In the meantime, take care and I look forward to seeing you soon!

–Nikol Shaw, Mauritania (1999-01)

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Board Meetings July–August 2006


Marjory Clyne, Vickie Fields, Kate McDevitt, Lisa Rivera, and Rudy Sovinee attended both meetings.  Sira Perez and Brenda Terry-Hahn attended in July.  Lynn Jarrett, Gregg Pancoast, and Nikol Shaw attended in August.

Minutes were approved as amended.

President’s Report: Discussed the recent email traffic on the Group Leaders’ Listserve concerning an opening for Group Leader Forum Coordinator.  No SDPCA Board Members are interested in being considered, however, the comment was made that SDPCA needs to put forth more effort in sending a delegate to GLF activities and the National Conferences.  SDPCA will contribute some funds toward registration for a delegate but this allowance also needs to be incorporated into the annual budget.

All Board Members are reminded to let other members know when out-of-town for more than one week, unable to attend a meeting, or unable to complete duties. 

Financial Report: No report at this time. A motion was made to purchase Quickbooks 2006 for the CFO.  After discussion, the motion carried.

Membership: The SDPCA membership is at 119 current, and 9 free.  NPCA membership is at 77 current.  Past due memberships include 37 one month past due and 63 one year past due.

Communications:  Our next newsletter deadline is 10/10/06.

Community Action:  Past and present activities are covered in newsletter stories.

Fundraising: Upcoming fundraising activities are covered in newsletter stories.  Five t-shirts are still available.  Additional t-shirts will be made to sell at the Holiday Party.

Global Awards:  Board gave suggestions for revising the ISF rubric, which were incorporated.   Letter and Request for Proposal was sent to Peace Corps Washington.  Deadlines are November 15th and March 1st.

Social: Past and present activities are covered in newsletter stories.

Speaker’s Bureau: Sira will create a brochure on Speaker’s Bureau to hopefully recruit speakers as well as possible speaking events. She will use contacts at schools and other local organizations that work with youth and adults. Sira will also network with educators who are language teachers to find out when and if they know they will have an international week or day. She will also try organizations that have an international and/or peace focus. Sira will also contact members who have expressed an interest in public speaking and also write an article in the newsletter.

Old Business: None.

New Business: Don Beck requested that he be copied via email on upcoming SDPCA events so that he can update them on the website.

Next Meeting: The September meeting will take place 6:30 PM, 9/6/06, at the home of Lisa Rivera, hosted by Lynn Jarrett.  All RPCVs are welcome to attend.
–for Sharon Kennedy Darrough, Thailand 1989-91.

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If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.. – Moshe Dayan (1915-81)

For orders or more information contact:
Marjory Clyne at

• SDPCA T Shirts For Sale
We still have a few t-shirts for sale with our great SDPCA logo on the front and a list of all countries of service on the back. The shirts are white with the printing in blue.  We sold most of them at the Annual Meeting in May so I only have 2 medium and 3 large left. They are $15 each.  If you are interested please email me at . What a great way to celebrate your years of service and your involvement with our local Peace Corps group.

• 2007 Entertainment Books On Sale
We will be selling Entertainment Books again this year through PostalAnnex stores countywide. They will sell at the same price, $40. If you have never bought one, this is a great deal. You will save up to 50% on restaurants, shopping, theme parks, sporting events, museums, movie tickets, airline tickets, and much more! This is our major fundraiser for the year. It allows us to support many current PC volunteers with money for needy local projects. You can purchase your Entertainment Book from now until December and make our International Support Fund a success again this year.

• 2007 International Calendars
And they are as beautiful as ever. Do your Christmas shopping early; these are definitely a gift everyone will appreciate. It is always smart to give the boss something, grandma will appreciate your thoughtfulness, your teacher- friends will make good use of it all year long---the list is endless.  Email me with your orders today. Calendars are $10 each for SDPCA members, $12 if you want them mailed, and $15 for non members. Contact
–Marjory Clyne, Fundraising Chair

Newsletter Assistant Needed
We are currently looking for help in the disbursement of our newsletter.  We need individuals who are willing to assemble, fold and place labels on our newsletters.  This task usually takes between 1-2  hours with the help of 2-3 people.  Once assembled, newsletters need to be taken to the main post office and shipped out.  For the past year the editor and Lynn Jarrett have been coordinating this effort and more help is needed!  If you are interested in assisting in the distribution of the newsletter please contact Lynn Jarrett at or for details.

New Members: Welcome!
SDPCA extends a warm welcome to our newest members. We’ve seen some of you at events already and we want all of you to get involved in our activities. Let us hear from you!

  • Chris Burns, Dominican Republic (2003-2005), Community Economic Development
  • Leah McFail, Gabon  (2003-2004), Community Health Educator

From the 2006 Intn'l Calendar:

October–– Afghanistan

Banjan Burani/Eggplant
topped with yogurt sauce and tomatoes

2 medium sized eggplants
1 large tomato
1 cup canola oil (or 2” in pan)
2 cloves chopped garlic
½ tsp turmeric powder
salt and pepper to season
1 cup water
dried mint for garnish

yogurt sauce:
½ cup yogurt
2 tsp garlic powder

Rinse eggplants and pat dry. Slice eggplants widthwise into circles of ½ inch thickness. Heat frying pan with oil and fry eggplant slices in batches so that slices are immersed in oil and fry evenly on both sides without needing to flip. Fry until lightly browned and place on several layers of paper towels in a single layer, continue until all eggplants are fried. Slice large tomato and fry similarly. Drain the frying pan of all oil except one tablespoon. Add chopped garlic and sauté until garlic is soft but not burned. Add turmeric powder, salt, pepper and water. Taste sauce for seasoning. Add all eggplant slices to sauce topping with tomato slices. Make sure to add enough water to cover all eggplants and tomatoes but not more. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

Prepare yogurt sauce by combining yogurt with garlic powder and stirring until smooth. Once eggplants are cooked through dish them out onto a platter making sure to keep the circle shapes as intact as possible and top with tomatoes. Pour yogurt mixture on top in a cross design. Sprinkle dried mint on top to garnish.

Source: Zulaikha Aziz from Amy Sproston

For each month of the International Calendar, there is a recipe corresponding to the country pictured.  To download a file with recipes for all twelve months, go to:

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Recruiter's Corner

The first ever UCSD course on communicable diseases in the developing world took place August 10 – 12 at the UCSD Medical Center. In addition to learning details on how some diseases are transmitted, attendees benefited by having senior Peace Corps staff in attendance as presenters and commentators. Ron Campbell, previously a Country Director and currently Peace Corps Director for AIDS initiatives, provided stories and responses that were extremely helpful in clarifying Peace Corps policy for the many nominees, trainees, and potential applicants.

 The San Diego Hospice has been working with Peace Corps by training and accepting local nominees as hospice volunteers prior to their departure. By helping these nominees become better PCVs, they’ve strengthened their mission—allowing Palliative care to grow in the context of international health work. Friday morning of the course featured a bereavement trainer to help class participants recognize their ability to make a qualitative difference to those they meet, while learning how to care for themselves.

The conclusion of the course featured RPCVs Ann Pohlers, David Johnson, Rebecca Carlton and Beth Skorochod in a panel where they shared their knowledge of health work in the Peace Corps. Beth participated by phone from Swaziland and Johns Hopkins Medical School respectively. Nikol Shaw and Kate McDevitt also helped in the panel, representing the SDPCA board and welcoming RPCVs and others who took advantage of attending this panel, which was the only portion of the seminar open to the public.

Our next panels will be October 12th and November 9th. Each of these will be from 6:30 to 8:30 at the SD Peace Resource Center. This same period marks the beginning of the college recruitment cycle. Sometimes, various colleges schedule the same dates for career fairs. When this happens, it would be awesome to have help from a RPCV in distributing materials and collecting contact information. If you are available to assist in this activity, please let me know.
–Rudy Souvinee, Ghana 1970-73.

During the course at UCSD, the Peace Corps honored the San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care program for its humanitarian efforts in improving the quality of life of people. Through their partnership with the Peace Corps – training and working with Peace Corps nominees – this concept of dignity and pain relief is being spread far beyond San Diego County, improving the effectiveness of Peace Corps Volunteers in tours of service around the world.

Picture shows Jill Andrews, Regional Manager of the LA Regional Office, and Ron Campbell, AIDS Relief Coordinator – Office of the Director of the Peace Corps– as they presented the award to Noreen Carrington, Executive Director of the SD Hospice and Sue DiMassi, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.

(l to r: Rudy Sovinee, Noreen Carrington, Jill Andrews, Sue DiMassi, and Ron Campbell)

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Newsletter Credits

Pacific Waves is published six times a year by the San Diego PeaceCorps Association which is fully responsible for its content. Except for copyrighted material, articles may be reprinted without permission with credit to the SDPCA.

Contributions are encouraged: e-mailed text file on disk- Mac preferred, or typed copy.

Please send to Editor, SDPCA, P.O. Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196 or e-mail:

Vickie Fields

Web Layout / Production
Don Beck

Contributors this issue are:
Nikol Shaw, Tim Muldrew, PCV, Rudy Sovinee, Alaina Gallegos, PCV, Sira Perez, Victor Bloomberg, PCV, Lynn Jarrett, Lisa Rivera, Kevin Quigley, Sharon Kennedy Darrough, Annie Aguilar, Kate McDevitt, Marjory Clyne, Crystal Green

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