Connie in Morocco and Beyond
These are my travel experiences beginning in 2006 with my Peace Corps service in Morocco. At the request of friends and my own desire to document, I continued blogging my journeys to other countries as well as in the U. S. I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in South Africa. The content of this blog is mine alone, and does not reflect any position of the U. S. government or the Peace Corps
- Name: Connie Genger
- Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
The Big Sky country of Montana is home sweet home!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
TEACHING AND A CONCERT
This week I'll be going with my counterpart to Soweto to teach a group there as well, but a larger age range of attendees. Soweto is an acronym for SouthWest Townships...and was for years associated with extreme poverty and crime, but is now a city unto itself (over a million people) with nice brick homes (as my counterpart's mother lives in) as well as areas with tin shacks. It is still a distressed area, but I feel safe with her.
Have been working on my trip photos and elaborating on that posting as well.
Friday, October 24, 2014
PCSA NEWSLETTER ARTICLE
The most recent Oct.-Nov. edition contains an article written by a PCV whom I worked with my first few months here, I've tried to cut and paste from the actual newsletter to no avail, but here is the copy (note: creche is the South African term for day-care/pre-school) :
Thursday, October 02, 2014
OCTOBER HOLIDAY! (a work in progress as photos come in from others)
|Do you see the arm of the person on the right? That's how close they are too the edge of the Falls.|
|Victoria Falls near Devil's Pool - Zambia side. Devil's Pool is behind me.|
More to come!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I presented to twenty-eight 19-20 year olds, covering the first three modules of the program: Dignity, Values, and Goals; Wants vs. Needs and Trade-offs; and Money and Budgeting. They were a great group of young people and it was such a pleasure to do Peace Corps' goals on a direct basis!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PILOT
Friday, September 12, 2014
EIGHT YEARS AGO
As part of that experience, I was involved in training new PCVs and made several trips to Ouarzazate (near the Sahara)...a 90 mile drive (from my village) that took 3 hours in a passenger car...longer by public transportation. There was a recent article about this road that showed up on FB yesterday. Here tis:
Thursday, September 11, 2014
TO BEE OR NOT
It was very cool that she introduced me as a Peace Corps Volunteer from America who was also a volunteer with Operation HOPE. Nice when both of those orgs get publicity for what they do. This is the first ever for South Africa, so there were some glitches but it ran pretty smoothly. Next is the Nationals in October but I'll be on holiday with my American friends at that time.
Monday, September 01, 2014
Otherwise, at work I have made the revisions to the adult curriculum except for the case study, which I'll complete this week. Am trying to set up a week in Limpopo (where I did research) with PCV Gilbert to do the program at the adult learning center there with him either this month or in November.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|One of the teachers here has been doing the Operation HOPE financial literacy program for a number of years, and we were invited out to do a "Financial Walk for Freedom" which was done elsewhere on Mandela Day, but since they were on holiday at that time, we did a delayed talk/walk on Monday afternon.|
|This is the lobby entrance to the facility. The school is located way out in the middle of nowhere, intentionally, to deter tourists, I think. After all, it is simply a boarding school and not a museum or tourist attraction, but with Oprah's name on it, it is bound to attract the curious.|
|Ubuntu means "I am because we are." This is a verse of their school song. The school's motto is all about Education Is Our Tomorrow.|
|Two of the learners were the emcees, and wore the uniforms of green and gold. The other students wore their casual clothes, as there has been a water shortage in the community lately.|
|Tshidi doing her presentation.|
|The audience. The enrollment is about 270; this presentation was just for certain grades; probably about 150 in attendance.|
|I got a few minutes to talk about the Peace Corps.|
|Finished up with a walk around the circumference of the property.|