Archive - July 27, 2015

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Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976-77) Finalist for Indiana Authors Award
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Peace Corps sending trained people overseas or sending people overseas to be trained?

Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976-77) Finalist for Indiana Authors Award

Clifford Garstang (Korea  1976-77 ) has been selected by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation as an Emerging Author finalist for the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. The goal of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is to elevate the written arts in Indiana, inspiring Hoosiers’ love of reading and attracting greater attention to “home-grown” literary greats. The Award celebrates authors whose quality work has made, or has the potential to make, a lasting public impact. Clifford Garstang is the author of What the Zhang Boys Know, which won the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction, and the prize-winning short story collection In an Uncharted Country. He is the editor of an anthology, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, a finalist for the International Book Award, and Prime Number Magazine, an online quarterly. He is also the author of the popular literary blog Perpetual . . .

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Peace Corps sending trained people overseas or sending people overseas to be trained?

Every PCV and RPCV knows the Three Goals by heart.  The First: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women In 2013, Peace Corps reported the lowest number of applicants in recent history. By far, the largest number of unfilled requests from “interested countries” was “Secondary Education – TEFL/English Teaching — 114 Volunteers teach conversational English, TEFL, or content-based English in middle and high schools. In addition to classroom teaching, Volunteers share resources, develop teaching materials with local teachers and become involved in community- and school-based projects.” To read the entire list: here is the text: http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/positions-peace-corps-could-not-fill-as-of-93013/ So what did Peace Corps do? Did Peace Corps adopt the Teach for America’s model and  revise its training schedule so that selected trainees exited training with a certificate in TEFL?  No. Did Peace Corps adopt the Global Health Volunteers model and  negotiate a partnership . . .

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