I am overwhelmed and humbled by the kind words from all of you about my decision to ET my website. I wish I did have the time, energy, (and age) to keep up the pace, but I am deep into a novel (not about the Peace Corps) that I want to finish before I’m too old to type.
For many of us, as you know, the Peace Corps is a passion that just won’t let go. It is the experience that changed us, even if it took us years to realize why the Peace Corps is so important in our lives.
Most of us are still connected in some way to our host country, the school where we taught, our host family, friends, and PCVs from our group. Why we even married each other!
The Peace Corps is a real pest. It won’t let go.
I always said when recruiting for the agency that people who join have an itch about them. They want ‘something else’ though mostly they have no idea what it is. They want more from life and for themselves. Then they open the Peace Corps door to a country they had to first find on a map. We’re all alike: send us where no one wants to go!
It is the mark of being a PCV.
I was lucky. I got to go to Ethiopia, worked a year at HQ, then returned to Ethiopia as an APCD. Years later—thanks to Ethiopian PCV Patty Garamendi, who was at the Peace Corps as an Associate Director– I worked for another five years as manager of the Peace Corps New York Recruitment Office.
Before, between, and after those Peace Corps years, I was a college dean, English teacher, editor, and writer. I’m still writing and I have a novel to finish. So, I have to curtail my workload.
Again, thank you for telling me that on most days you would finish your morning coffee by opening your computer just to see what Coyne was blogging about.
None of this would have happened without the hard work and talents of Marian Beil (Ethiopia 1962-64) who is the publisher and creative genius behind our website. Marian will continue to manage our Peace Corps Writers Books when you get around to write your PCV memoir.
Thank you for supporting us all these years.