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Bonjou! This website is a record of my 2 year terms as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Saint Lucia, West Indies.

Bonjou! This website is a record of my 2 year terms as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Saint Lucia, West Indies.

Bonjou! This website is a record of my 2 year terms as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Saint Lucia, West Indies.

Something else we talked about it Grenada is the accomplishments we've done while here, not only in terms of traditional 'work,' but personally and in feeling integrated and building relationships. I made a long list as everyone presented a few of theirs and put them on a timeline, so i will list them here, mostly for my own memory but also in case anyone wants to see the things I feel I've accomplished:

* made friends from 15 different countries

* travelled to 8 different islands, 7 of them independent countries (Martinique is actually a department of France)

* gained a new perspective on my feelings towards the US through my development of a love-hate relationship with St. Lucia

* survived the extremes of emotional rollercoaster (several times)

* Co-planned and organized a successful national student congress

* conquered fears of stage and microphone (emceed an event, co-taught an aerobics class, went on radio)

* learned some patois, and been asked if i'm a Saint Lucian more and more often

* learned to whine (the dancing here, that you may have seen in Sean Paul or Beenie man videos) at sort of an intermediate level. Danced in front of some Lucian girlfriends, who grudgingly admitted it was 'pretty good.'

* became an adopted member of several Lucian families

* danced in costume in the streets during carnival

* learned to windsurf and sail, even raced in 4 regattas.

* had press releases and articles published in the newspaper, was interviewed on the radio, facilitated a few worshops,and even emceed an event.

* Attended 2 One-Day International cricket matches, and learned about the sport

* Hiked more than 15 different trails, to about 5 waterfalls, and camped twice

* Sang karaoke once (that number may be updated after my bday/goodbye party)

* Became a 'grandmother' to my cat's kittens

* read more than a hundred books

* witnessed 2 weddings, 2 christenings and a funeral

* maintained a website and contacts with several different classes of schoolchildren in the U.S.

* interacted with people from the lowest to the highest levels of society

* learned to eat meat off the bone and fish still whole without blinking an eye. never quite conquered some of the more bizarre 'delicacies' like pig-tail or pig feet or kidneys (this is not a regret)

* realized that PC in the Eastern Caribbean is a "real" experience, despite what images of cush life it conjures up to others. stopped comparing my experience to preconceived conceptions.

* realized this was home when i really wanted to come back, and was homesick for SLU on a trip back to the US

* learned to set small, achievable goals and to take pleasure in small victories

* learned the fine art of sitting still (which is not as easy as it sounds!)

* learned to slam dominoes the caribbean way

* learned to cohabitate with frogs, crickets, spiders, millipedes and cockroaches (though the last very reluctantly)

* learned to kill cockroaches, centipedes and spiders with a minimum of nausea, paralyzing fear, and girly screams

* Appeared bald in front of my first large group (peace corps PST), and then many times afterwards. Became ok with this (though sometimes I really still get sick of explaining)

* lost more than 10 lbs of weight i needed to lose, got stronger and fitter than i have been in years

* came to have a new understanding of 'work,' 'success' and 'achievement' in my life. came to terms with the overachiever mentality that causes me undo stress. attempted to battle those demons.

* learned to draw boundaries in how I allow myself to be treated, and in how I allow others to not waste my time.

* learned how to be more direct and to ask for what I want (an ongoing process)

* linked up, via a friend and her father, with groups who are donating 9 boxes of girls' soccer equipment to teams in St. Lucia who really need it. Though I may not be here anymore by the time it all arrives.

* Learned to roast cashews, cut open a coconut with a cutlass, how to tell when mangos, avocados and breadfruits are ripe, and the names of all the local foods in english and patois.

* Cooked soup out of whole fish heads, even the eyes, and ate it!

* Changed assignments several times--once officially, and again unofficially. Found my own projects and community partners, and finally got some things done once i worked with people who wanted me there and respected my skills and my time.

* Complied a resource notebook of NGO and workshop training materials

* was elected and served 1 year as the island solicitor/reporter for our peace corps EC literary magazine, Serious Ting. Finally published something other than recipes in the last issue.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

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By jennifer farrand ( - on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 9:25 am: Edit Post

does your group accept donations of used soccer balls, cleats, and clothing. My daughters' soccer team would like to organize a drive for used equipment.

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