Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Peace Corps Cribs: Conakry

A tour of the Peace Corps volunteer transit house in Conakry, Guinea.

Hosted by PCV Liz Roderick
Filmed and Edited by Dan Fredley
With the support of all the awesome Guinea PCVs

Friday, February 06, 2009

new kids

I came down country for a couple of weeks to help train the newest set of volunteers. It was interesting to be back in our training site but to be on the opposite side of the equation. There were a handful of other volunteers down to help train, but I was the only one lucky enough to be with the health trainees.

There are 11 of them in the health sector. They all stuck it out and made it through with flying colors! Yay! Here I am with them as well as our APCD (the woman in charge of our sector) and the two Guinean trainers.
Training was fun. Here they are learning about the Guinean dental health situation and trying out brushing their teeth with sticks. Always fun.

Since I was helping with the last two weeks of training, I got to be with them for their 'swearing in' where they become official volunteers instead of just lowly trainees. They head off to their new village life on Sunday. Trainings over. We came up to Conakry the middle of this week and today they swore in. They all put on their best Guinean garb for the big ceremony. There are 29 of them all together... I think we're missing 3 in this picture.Here's me, Raven, and Katy - two of the other PCVs that were helping out with the last two weeks of training. We decided to all get the same fabric and have new complets (guinean outfits) made for the occasion.
The big to-do. Here they are swearing in at the ceremony this morning. It went great.
Part of our job as PCV trainers at the end of training is helping the newbies go to the bank, figure out how to survive in Conakry and go shopping. This is not exactly fun, but what goes around, comes around. We were on the receiving side just a year ago, so now its our turn to pass on our sage advice and services. We collected money for a few of the major purchases most people needed (like gas stoves and trunks) so we could negotiate bulk prices. Big headache for us, but much easier in the long run. This is what resulted: (it might look impressive, but think of it as monopoly money...) :)