Wednesday, March 30, 2011

hello and goodbye

As Kim mentioned in her last post, she's off in the Ukraine learning how to be an awesome PCV so I (Ashley - Mongolia) volunteered to help her out with the bios and departures. Speaking of which, if any of you haven't sent in your bios and want them up, send them to me! My email is on the spreadsheet Kim sent out and you know you want to be up there. Also if you set up a blog and it's not on the list on the left yet, send that to me too!

Now that March is coming to an end, it's time for early April departures! There are two during the first week or so - Tracy M. heads off to Botswana and Angela W. leaves for Indonesia. Good luck ladies!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Volume II has arrived in Ecuador!

Quick update for Volume II, Strix received the journal today! Next stop: Nicaragua!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bye guys!

I am off to Ukraine this week, but we also have a few other people leaving too!
Laritza is leaving for Belize, Judson is going off to Kyrgyz Republic, and Danielle V. will being headed to Bulgaria at the start of next week!

I have been slacking in the Mini Bio department of this blog and I think I have 2 or 3 that need to be put up.  If anyone would like to take charge of the blog and post about who is leaving each week and finish up the bios, I would appreciate it! Keep in mind that the Edit Pages button for that page won't let you copy and paste then format, so it must be done in Internet Explorer (ew) and typed out so that the font works out!  If you are interested, please e-mail me soon and I will forward you the bio info!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Journal Status: SENT!

So I sent out the final 3 journals today.  One is one its way to Strix in Ecuador, another is heading to Emily J. in Kazakhstan, and the other one is going to be hanging out with Jessica W. until she leaves for service in Moldova.

It was my first time sending something internationally, so that was interesting having to fill out little custom sheets! Hopefully the international ones will get there in the 6-10 business day times frame that the priority mail said it would take; we'll see!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Leaving this week

Alex L. is leaving for Albania and Ryan S. is headed to Morocco!

Enjoy staging and your flights!

Monday, March 7, 2011

50 Countries achieved!


Although, we will probably be having 4 journals for the sake of logistics since travel time estimates show that not everyone would get the journal twice during their service.  Since I now have to purchase another 2 journals and SD cards, I am taking donations! Even if it is only $,1 it will help! You can submit it via PayPal to:
 k i m b e r l e y r o s e p h o t o @ g m a i l . c o m (without the spaces, damn trolling software for making me type it out like that).  Each journal is about $20 plus the 2 SD card has us looking at $45.  I am not one from trying to drum up money, but I cannot afford this with no job and still having to get stuff for my own service! (Success!)

If you are a part of the project, please check your e-mail as I sent out a long an informative e-mail today :)

On another note, we have some people leaving this week!
Emily B. is leaving on a jet plane for Senegal while Emily J. heads to Kazakhstan.  Safe travels, ladies!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We're on PCJ! Applicant Edition :)

We've come so far in just over a month with 51 people currently involved (thanks to our 3 married couples) and 48 different countries! You know what that means?  There is only room for 2 more countries in this traveling journal project! To celebrate, here is what Snapshots of Service is all about:

"What is Snapshots of Service?"  50 Peace Corps Volunteers, will be participating in a project called "Snapshot of Service." As the representatives of 50 different countries that PC sends its volunteers, we will have a unique opportunity to collaborate on one project designed to show a snapshot (if you will) of each volunteer's service at two different points.

"But how will it work?" you may ask. Well, we will be shipping a journal between us for the duration of our services and each volunteer will receive the journal twice. During that time, we will add pictures, sketches, poems, doodles, mini-journal entries, anecdotes, or anything we want to a two-page spread. Whatever we feel will show where we are in our service at that time. Then we pass the journal along to the next person in line, and so on, and so on. Eventually, the journal will make its way back to me and I will have another opportunity to provide another snapshot into my life as a PCV. Since there are 50 volunteers and only 100 pages in the journal, there will be two volumes of the project with two different sets of volunteers. At the end, we will have a creation that is unique to us and able to be shared with others in the Peace Corps community.

"Why 50 volunteers?" No, it's not just a random number. It just so happens that 2011 (the year we all leave for service) is the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps! So 50th anniversary, 50 countries, 50 volunteers. Awesome.

2 Spots Left!

So close!

Could use volunteers going to any of the following:  Macedonia, Mexico, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Suriname, or The Gambia.

Keep an eye out so I can get everything sorted out before I leave on the 21st!