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Archive for November, 2009

Thanksgiving

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on November 30, 2009

This post may be coming a little late, but I’ve had a pretty eventful weekend. This weekend on Saturday Peace Corps celebrated traditional American holiday. Robin, the Charge d’Affairs, hosted a pot luck at her house, an event which we have been waiting all year for. We were not disappointed, food was great and so was the company.

The whole weekend has been long in coming since school is over for the most part. Prize giving (read: Graduation) is this upcoming Wednesday. Today is also memorable because we are seeing off Cale and Sara. They will be missed. Well here are pictures from Thanksgiving.

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Reflections on the first year of service

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on November 13, 2009

With school coming to a close, I have had alot of free time on my hands. I havn’t taught classes in about a month, and this week is exam week. I have had to supervise some of the exams and so I’ve gotten alot of reading done. I’ve also had a lot of time to sit and reflect on my peace corps experience and what its meant to me. Seeing as this is about the year mark for me, I think that this reflection has been constructive, as it can help prepare me for next year.

When I left I never wanted to say this, but I think I am very different from the person I was back in the states. Even though it has only been a year in real time, it feels as though it was alot longer, and so it feels as though I’ve taken more than a year of experience from it. For one thing, it has made me far more cynical, but at the same time reinforced my idealism. I believe I do have the power to make a difference, only that it will take baby steps.

I have no new pictures to show, but I thought that in the spirit of this post, I would put up some pictures from the course of this year, and sort of best of. Anyway, here goes:

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