Archive - July 2, 2020

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“Fifty Years On: Sicaya 1964 & 2016” by Thea Evensen (Peru)
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New books by Peace Corps writers: May – June, 2020
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RPCV (Togo) fights deportation of Socrates, her Peace Corps Best Friend

“Fifty Years On: Sicaya 1964 & 2016” by Thea Evensen (Peru)

  by Thea Evensen (Peru 1964–66) • YEARS AGO, THE TRAIN to Huancayo ran on a regular schedule, an early morning departure from the Desamparados station near the river behind the Presidential Palace in Lima. It was a twelve-hour trip. From sea level through the rugged Central Andes, the train traveled by switchbacks over a 16,000 ft. pass before descending into the Mantaro Valley. On the way to its final destination, there were stops at Chosica, San Bartolome, Matucana, San Mateo, Casapalca, La Oroya, and Jauja. At each station women and children crowded onto the cars with their baskets, selling sandwiches and fruit to the passengers. It was a slow trip, but breathtaking, a chance to ride one of the highest railroads in the world. Now, the train runs infrequently and most people travel to Huancayo by bus. Transportes Cruz del Sur offers double decker first class comfort with wide padded . . .

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New books by Peace Corps writers: May – June, 2020

  To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com — CLICK on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance from your purchase that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards.   We now include a one-sentence description — provided by the author — for the books listed here in hopes of encouraging readers  1) to order the book and 2) to volunteer to review it. See a book you’d like to review for Peace Corps Worldwide? Send a note to Marian at peacecorpsworldwide@gmail.com, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions. • The Warm Heart of Africa: An Outrageous Adventure of Love, Music, and Mishaps in Malawi Jack Allison (1966 – 69) Peace Corps Writers June 2020 224 pages $14.95 (paperback), $6.99 (Kindle) When Jack Allison joined the Peace Corps in . . .

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RPCV (Togo) fights deportation of Socrates, her Peace Corps Best Friend

  Peace Corps Volunteer fights government’s efforts to deport her dog to Africa Audra Elam said the CDC denied her dog entry into the United States after the pair were initially separated in Africa. by John Henry, USA9, July 1 • WASHINGTON — An American Peace Corps member is working to fight the deportation of her dog to Ghana. In March, Audra Elam, of Illinois, evacuated her post in Togo after the Peace Corps directed its members to return to the United States due to the coronavirus’ spread. In Togo, Elam inherited a 5-year-old dog named Socrates. Elam said Socrates, who had previously been cared for by several other members of the Peace Corps, would go on to become her best friend. “He’s become very Americanized,” she laughed. Elam eventually made plans to bring Socrates to the United States following their separation in Togo. She said she worked with a . . .

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