Coming off our long and lazy summer break we’ve got a chaotic episode with a chaotic volunteer – Kaleb! When he’s not in Bangkok, Kaleb is teaching English in Nakhon Si Thammarat and this is actually his second go around in Thailand, as he was also a victim of group 132’s COVID evacuation. We cover how volunteers spend all the free time and days off we have, Thai standardized testing, managing a 6-month long rainy season, and TESS volunteers’ transitions into their second year of teaching. Happy Year Two, Group 134 and Happy Year One to Group 135!



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  • As a Thailand V volunteer (1963-1965) who taught English as a second language (Pitsanuloke). This is great news. Keep up the good work and have fun. Thailand is a great place and the Thais are wonderful people.

  • Sawasdee Ka! Great to see “Sticky Rice” is still out there. I have one small but, I feel, important suggestion for our collective consideration. May I suggest that this wonderful PCV was not a “victim” of the COVID evacuation- but rather was impacted by the successful safe evacuation of all PCVs- kept alive and thus enabled to return to country to finish out his service. Words matter, and as imperfect and traumatizing as the response to the COVID pandemic was- I think it’s important to acknowledge the enormity of the challenge faced by Peace Corps while trying to respond to a global healthcare calamity in real time. Thanks- and yes keep on keeping on- eat all the sticky rice and mangoes you can. RPCV Thailand 101

  • Great to know that Sticky Rice magazine continues to flourish, and that you now have a podcast as well. A brief bit of trivia. When my group (Thai 58) arrived in country in March 1977, the magazine was called Hey You! We assumed it was so named due to a frequent way that some Thai men (women never did this) would address a random foreigner (such as a PCV) on the street, possibly expressing the few English words they knew. In any case, one of the Thai 58 volunteers suggested that we rename the magazine to something more appropriate, and we did: Sticky Rice.

    In subsequent issues of Sticky Rice, volunteers sometimes submitted photos for the cover. Below is a link to one I took in the ancient city of Sukhothai, my second Peace Corps site back in 1978. It was inspired by a photo I’d seen many years earlier in an issue of National Geographic, long before I’d heard of Sukhothai, not to mention ever thought I might live there one day.

    Glad that the name has stuck (no pun intended) and Peace Corps is thriving in Thailand. Best wishes to all, keep up the great work!

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