January 14, 2005: Headlines: COS - Benin: Environment: World Wise Schools: Third Goal: South Coast Today: Sean Maloney stayed in a village called Guene in the northern part of Benin for two years working as an environmental action volunteer

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Benin: Peace Corps Benin : The Peace Corps in Benin: January 14, 2005: Headlines: COS - Benin: Environment: World Wise Schools: Third Goal: South Coast Today: Sean Maloney stayed in a village called Guene in the northern part of Benin for two years working as an environmental action volunteer

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Sean Maloney stayed in a village called Guene in the northern part of Benin for two years working as an environmental action volunteer

Sean Maloney stayed in a village called Guene in the northern part of Benin for two years working as an environmental action volunteer

Sean Maloney stayed in a village called Guene in the northern part of Benin for two years working as an environmental action volunteer

Students hear Peace Corps volunteer's story

By ASHLEY LOPES, Standard-Times correspondent

Caption: Sean Maloney speaks to Hastings Middle School students at the Rogers School in Fairhaven yesterday. He first met them two years ago before he entered the Peace Corps. Photo: ANDREW T. GALLAGHER/Standard-Times special

FAIRHAVEN -- Sean Maloney has traveled around the world and is back again to share his adventures with the students of the Rogers School.

Matthew Wordell, a sixth-grader at the Rogers School, gathered with his classmates in the gymnasium yesterday to welcome home their pen pal from the Peace Corps.

During his visit, children were shown slides and got a firsthand look at what the job of a volunteer is really like and the rewards that come with it.

"The most interesting part of his job was that he got to help so many people. I think that's really cool," Matthew said.

Mr. Maloney got the call to join the Peace Corps in December 2000. "I decided to volunteer because I wanted to discover a new and different country and live the way that they live."

He stayed in a village called Guene in the northern part of Benin for two years and three months, working as an environmental action volunteer. His many jobs included tree planting, natural resource management and trash cleanup.

The thing Mr. Maloney enjoyed most about his experience in Benin is that although he was a stranger in a strange land, he was not treated as such.

"The people there were super welcoming," he said. "We got on great, and I became part of their community. It was so hard for me to leave."

In a place with no running water or electricity, and where he lived in a mud brick house, he found a place to call home.

Although he has left Africa, there are some customs he has brought home with him.

"I still have a hard time eating with a fork. I always take my shoes off when I enter a house. I greet people constantly and always ask about their family. Family is a big deal there and it commonly becomes the topic of discussion."

Mr. Maloney affirms that the Peace Corps was a positive experience for him.

"Through the Peace Corps, I learned to look at things through the eyes of these villagers. I learned patience, gained a new respect for their culture, and learned a lot more about myself along the way."

This was a learning experience for the villagers as well as for him.

"What I hoped to take home to the students is a perspective on life in the village compared to their own, to see how other cultures live and to promote the Peace Corps and the wonderful work they do," he said.

Mr. Maloney's work served as an inspiration for many children.

"I believe his work makes a difference because he is making Benin a better place to live for so many people," Matthew said. "I would definitely want to volunteer some day."





When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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Story Source: South Coast Today

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