February 9, 2003 - Personal Web Site: U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers Kenya, 1983

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U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers Kenya, 1983



U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers Kenya, 1983

U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers
Kenya, 1983

Karibu!
Welcome (which I guess is redundant) to home page of the Peace Corps volunteer teachers stationed in Kenya beginning in 1983. To find out more about individual 1983 Kenya volunteers, check below.

On 26 September 1983 approximately 70 wide-eyed volunteers gathered in Chicago to begin the training for our 2 year commitment to the US Peace Corps¹ secondary education sector in Kenya, East Africa. We were recruited from all corners of America and most with degrees in some sort of science, math, or English ... possibly the occasional philosophy major!?!? From Chicago we were bused to Mt. Carroll, Illinois ... a small town in the middle of cornfields about 3 hours from the city. Our staging and subsequent six weeks of training was held at Campbell Center on the campus of a defunct college (the name escapes me) in Mt. Carroll. Staging ­ the first five, psychologically tiring ­ days of the training ended on 30 September and after that we got down to the business of learning how to be teachers and how to BE in Kenya ... cross-cultural training.

We spent about 6 weeks there in Mt. Carroll learning, growing together ... and having way too much fun. The extra-curricular activities included music, ultimate frisbee, trips to the nearest bar (again, folks ... what was the name of that place!!?!?), a trip to the Mississippi River (Palisades Park), hackey sac, and an ice cream social in our honor in the town¹s center! We were student teachers in the local schools and many of the group have kept in touch with the students and families they met then.

On 7 November 1983 we were on our way to Nairobi, Kenya ... all of us (now about 65 volunteers) on board a Pan Am plane traveling the grueling route from NYC to Nairobi via Dakar, Monrovia, and Lagos in West Africa. Allison and her comrades kept us all entertained with flipcharts and music. Sara H. slept the entire way ... we are all still mystified by that feat. Upon our arrival in Nairobi we were sent off to the old Grosvener Hotel where we remained for about a week of meetings and training. After that it was off to site visits with established volunteers for another week.

The remainder of our training (from 19 November until approximately 1 January 1984) was spent divided into two groups: Lugari and Iten. The folks in Lugari (farmers training site near Turbo, west of Eldoret) were going to community supported Harambee schools and the folks in Iten (a boys school north of Eldoret) were going to be teachers in government schools. During our training we learned Swahili ... about 5 to 6 hours a day (or so it seemed!!), Kenyan cultural issues, and more teaching skills. The two groups stayed close with back and forth visits between Lugari and Iten as well as weekend rendezvous¹ in Eldoret, poolside at the Sirikwa!!

After our swearing in at the Jacaranda Hotel (now the Landmark Hotel) in the Westlands area of Nairobi on or around New Years¹ Eve 1983 we all dispersed to our new homes for the next 2 (or 3) years. We went to every corner of Kenya, living in lush green hills to stark tan deserts!! The folks who went to the coast believe they were the lucky ones ... Chops had the sea and beach practically at his doorstep and hosted us all for seaside parties. We taught in secondary schools, did secondary projects for the schools or community such as obtaining funding for and constructing labs, dorms, libraries, and classrooms ... teaching and building energy saving technologies (mudstoves, jikos, solar, etc) in the community ... leading wildlife clubs and projects .bringing water tanks to our schools and communities ... and much, much more.

Now we are all 15 years older and pursuing life, education, family, careers in all corners of America and the world. We are now teachers, professors, health care professionals, businesspeople, actors and film makers, parents, lawyers, and writers to name a few of our roles. Our group remains connected via reunions and solid friendships formed during the first few days and weeks of our Peace Corps training.

Peace Corps is one of the most enlightening and meaningful experiences you can ever have ... and recommended by all (well, most) of us to those of you who visit this website. Though some in our group (Eve!!) called it the "toughest camping trip you'll ever love" it really is, as Peace Corps says, the toughest job you'll ever love!!!

The Volunteers
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Peace Corps in service training at Turtle Bay, Kenya.
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Greg Bailey, David Boosalis, Renee Bressette, Chops Chaviano, Andy Christensen, Guy Consolmagno, Bob Creed, Bob Eakle, Mike Ernst, Steve Frye, Joanta Green, Suzanne Joy, Steve Klatte, Ben Lauer, Eric Maslen, Bob Mudge, Lisa Sorrentino, Adam Stanford, Heidi Streetman, Natalie Sutkowski, Bob Titus, Joel Walukas, Nora Wilcox, Ed Wilson

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By EDWARD H. WILSON (ca32-ch01-bl08.ny-newyorkc0.sa.earthlink.net - 207.69.138.13) on Friday, March 04, 2005 - 4:55 pm: Edit Post

HI THERE,
IT'S BEEN MANY YEARS, AND MANY CHANGES. I STUMBLED ON THIS WEB-SITE, AND MY HEART WENT INTO MY THROAT-BLAST FROM THE PAST STUFF-NOT EVEN SURE WHO WILL READ THIS. I GOTTA GO NOW, BUT WILL REVISIT AGAIN.

BEST REGARDS, ED

By Joanna Heywood (webcache2.dpsk12.org - 164.92.250.9) on Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 10:05 am: Edit Post

Hi Ed - Joanna here! You're right - it is a blast from the past. Would love to talk to you more - get in touch - jmvin@comcast.net

By Deborah Hill (h-66-167-131-169.phndaz91.dynamic.covad.net - 66.167.131.169) on Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 1:19 pm: Edit Post

Hi Ed! Deborah Hill here...this was the first page of our old website...which we hope to get up and running someday again...in the meantime, visit our Yahoo site...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/83-85pckenyateachers/

We're planning a big reunion in 2008!!

By James Mwangi (62.24.112.226) on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 10:44 am: Edit Post

Dear Friends.
We are greatly inspired by your noble work in serving Humanity and promoting intellectual make-up among the world communities-Kenya Included.
Thank you and keep it up Corps!
James.
THIVS-KENYA. http://www.freetocharities.org.uk/thivs/

By Andy Christensen (4.124.66.70.cin.dial.core.com - 4.124.66.70) on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 8:10 am: Edit Post

Hi everybody, I was doing a few GOOGLE searches and came across this site. I was great to reflect on all those wondeful times in Kenya...and especially in LAMU.

After Kenya, I went to Pakistan for a few weeks and then off the Thailand where I lived for a year teaching and training at the Shangra La Hotel in Bangkok.

After a sort stint in Taiwan, I went to Japan where I lived for 13 years as a training instructor for JOCV trainees. That was a great experience even considering the nature of working for the Japanese Gov't. Many of us probably had some contact with Japanese volunteers. Lamu had a few while I was there.

Now I am in Ohio helping people with their water problems particularly with hardness, sulfur, and micro-organisms. I work with primarily with KINETICO equipment...great stuff.

I would love to hear from anyone so try to contact me and I will respond.
Andy Christensen
427 Jefferson Street
Port Clinton OH 43452
419-680-3207 cell
awc222@yahoo.com

By ZOUGA SELING (proxy.kenyaweb.com - 194.201.253.222) on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 7:39 am: Edit Post

HI GUYZ
I HAPPEN TO BE DOING A SEARCH FOR MY DAD. HE HAD A FRIEND IN THE US PEACE CORPS CALLED FRANK GUSSANHOVEN OR A NAME TO THAT EFFECT. I HOPE WILL GET HIM ONE DAY SO THAT MY DAD CAN GET TO MEET FORMER FRIENDS. MY DAD WORKED FOR SIDA AS A SWEDISH VOLUNTEER IN TANZANIA, KENYA, BOTSWANA AND ETHIOPIA. IT GREAT TO SEE THAT THERE PEOPLE WHO HELP THE WORLD OUT THERE.MEANWHILE I LIVE IN ELDORET AND WILLING TO MEET THESE GUYZ WHO MAKE LIFE FOR OTHERS COMFORTABLE.
ZOUGA SELING

By Saturnina Hilario (ppp-58.11.32.246.revip2.asianet.co.th - 58.11.32.246) on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 2:57 am: Edit Post

I really want to join the group,to be a volunteer teacher,how can i?

By Simon (196.202.202.1) on Monday, May 29, 2006 - 3:02 am: Edit Post

Hi. It is so wonderful and interesting to read and here from you on how you have been doing to raise the welfare and standards of living here in Kenya. Thank you very much for your outstanding assistance and persistance patience with the unbearable conditions of this region.

Much i managed to learn more from your former volunteer, Matthew who used to work in Kisumu, and my Dad Gerald N. Kisomba who worked as a driver.

Thank you very much and may God Bless you.

By John Anderson (host86-128-70-69.range86-128.btcentralplus.com - 86.128.70.69) on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 7:41 pm: Edit Post

Joante Green:
Are you out there? Would very much like to get in touch again.
John Anderson & Mary McGrath

By chola (aqua.coppernet.zm - 62.56.216.83) on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 3:09 am: Edit Post

you guys remind me of the time i was in kenya, how can i become a teacher volunteer

By Maryanne Morris (d149-67-157-218.col.wideopenwest.com - 67.149.218.157) on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 11:30 am: Edit Post

Hello,

My name is Maryanne Gikonyo Morris. I worked with Renee Bressette who was a peace corps volunteer teacher in Kenya in a school called Gatero Secondary school. I have trying to get in touch with her since I have been in the US for the last eight or so years. Renee, if you see this, post a message and I will get in touch with you.

By reneegigliotti (67.165.54.234) on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 12:23 am: Edit Post

Hi Maryanne! I just saw your posting. It is so great to hear from you. I had no idea you were in the States. Contact me at kitsmom1990@aol.com.

Renee Bressette Gigliotti

By Kisomba (196.201.217.235) on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 3:18 pm: Edit Post

Hi Karl Baker, its long since i heard that you went to Nigeria. Hope you are fine. I am still fine here in Kenya. I really enjoyed and appreciated the moments i used to drive you together with US peace corps volunteers in Kisumu. God bless. You can contact me through: simonkisomba@yahoo.com

Gerald N. Kisomba


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