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To be sure, I have been encouraged to keep my sexual orientation to myself.
To pursue this point any further would bring my own sexual orientation into question — or so I fear.After reading countless Peace Corps blogs I have caved in and decided to share my Peace Corps timeline.Joining the Peace Corps has always been a thought of mine growing up, but I didn’t seriously consider it and establish the goal of actually joining until mid-way through college.For two years, I lived in Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer.It’s hard to sum up the experience in a succinct, one sentence answer, but for anyone who asks: “It was both fantastic and really, really, tough.” Most people get the obvious challenges — Malagasy work ethic was more laid-back than in America and sometimes presented problems.We will have stringent, yet semi-flexible guidelines.
In a few instances to help make our system more economically sound, and after thorough discussion and agreement, we may consider some products, which are nearly sustainable (e.g. Our plan is to create small to medium sized poly-culture farms in rural communities while working hand in hand with rural and suburban farms as well as urban community garden programs.
Our plans are to raise mostly small animal breeds and miniature livestock in such a way as to get entire families involved in their own food production and teach proper respect and care for both animals and nature.
Our farms and sustainable associate farms will be involved in learning and teaching water & soil conservation, recycling, reforestation, and alternatives energies while working in conjunction with rural, suburban and urban communities to do the same.
I taught classes of 50 students using nothing more than a chalkboard. The biggest challenge was dealing with sexual harassment on a daily basis and having to give up certain liberties and freedoms since, in the conservative highlands of Madagascar, had to to meet the expectations my host culture had for women.
Male volunteers, on the other hand, didn’t give up as much in this sense.
He told me my study of Portugese could help my application if I was considered for the program in Mozambique.