Anyway, it was quite the ride, and I had a good time. The best I can say about PC T-stan is that many of the volunteers are downright awesome. Boy, have I made some good friends. One in particular, Allison. Most of you know about her, but she was a fellow PCV and love struck us. So, when I was booted out of PC for medical reasons, she followed suit and now we find ourselves living together in Albuquerque, NM.
Yep, kicked out cuz of medical reasons. In the beginning I supported their decision, but as time has gone on, I wonder. I think that if they wanted to, they could have supported me medically. Granted, it would have meant more work for them, and therefore I think that's why I was tossed. Not the medical staff...those guys are great. The rest of 'em I could do without. And it ain't like I was on my death bed. Quite the contrary. But, whatever. I digress.
My advice to those looking into PC. RESEARCH YOUR COUNTRY. MORE. MORE. MORE. Then decide what to do. T-stan isn't one of those places that much can get done in a certain amount of time. Have patience. Teach English...if you go to T-stan. Nothing against the health crew that's there, but the program is a little sketchy...at best. The program manager isn't so bad, but they had a person supervising all of us volunteers that was 25 years old and had no health background. Why was she there? Who the hell knows? None of us did.
And as much as they talk about supporting volunteers out in the field. Ha. Forget about it. I could have been gone for days, if not weeks, and nobody would have known any different. In fact, they didn't really know any different. Not that I left for weeks, but there were times that I had to leave site for various reasons, and PC didn't have a clue. They're also not that helpful with housing. Just talk to the volunteers in Mary Velyat. Sheesh.
Okay, I'm done complaining about PC. I'm glad I went. I wish I hadn't been sent home, but I was, so I'm making the best of it. The volunteers are awesome. Totally not the crowd that I thought they would be. I was expecting more hippies, but there were only 1 or 2 (if you count me). There were even people there that voted for W! TWICE! Who woulda thought?
For those that wish to find me, I'm in Albuquerque working at the University. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps I'll be back later with a new twist on an old story. Untill then. good bye.