March 5, 2005: Headlines: COS - Kyrgyzstan: Northern Virginia Daily: Nicholas Heltzel works with non-government organizations and teaches English part time in the Kyrgyz Republic

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Nicholas Heltzel works with non-government organizations and teaches English part time in the Kyrgyz Republic

Nicholas Heltzel works with non-government organizations and teaches English part time in the Kyrgyz Republic

Nicholas Heltzel works with non-government organizations and teaches English part time in the Kyrgyz Republic

Volunteers help others improve lives

By Jonathon Shacat
Northern Virginia Daily
March 5, 2005

Going halfway around the world to help people in developing countries for two years is tough.

Friends and family are left behind. Modern day comforts become virtually nonexistent. The climate can be unbearable. Foods are entirely different. Language barriers are a challenge to overcome. And, adapting to new cultures and customs can be demanding.

But for four people from the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the sacrifice is worthwhile. Working as Peace Corps volunteers, they are sharing their knowledge and skills to help improve the lives of others across the world.

Tommy Schultz, of Winchester, is a community development worker in the Philippines; Carrie Wallinger, of Mt. Jackson, is teaching English as a foreign language in Mongolia; Paul Negley, of Winchester, is working in hygiene, sanitation and disease control in Morocco; and Nicholas Heltzel, of Maurertown, is an organizational and community development specialist in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Heltzel, 23, works with non-government organizations and teaches English part time in the Kyrgyz Republic. His mother, Melissa, said it was difficult to cope with the concept that her son was leaving home for two years to go to an unfamiliar place.

"As hard as it was to see him leave and to have him there, I am proud that he chose to be in the Peace Corps. I think that everyone who reaches out to others in the world is an ambassador to the United States, and I think teaching people about our culture is admirable," she said.

Heltzel lives in Naryn, which is known for its cold climate. Temperatures can plummet to 40 degrees below zero in the winter. In the summer, it can be hot and dusty.

She thinks the Peace Corps experience is beneficial to the volunteers, the people in the host countries and Americans.

"Our personal family is learning a lot. Before I didn't know where Kyrgyzstan was. I had heard the name. Now I am learning about the people there and all about the culture and the countries around it and the political system. And I am developing a relationship, even though it is halfway around the world, with the people there," she said.





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