Category Archives: Pre-Service Training

Posts made during Pre-Service Training

The Last Days of PST and Swearing In

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, we were sworn in as Peace Corps Volunteers. We had our final language proficiency interview (LPI) last Friday and Marion and I both scored “novice high”, which means we can say hello, ask basic questions, answer … Continue reading

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A Traditional Wedding in Botswana

A few weeks ago on a Thursday (weddings are ALWAYS on Thursdays) the Peace Corps staff arranged for us to attend a wedding at the Kgotla.  In Botswana there are three aspects to a wedding.  There is the “traditional” wedding, … Continue reading

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Some badly needed motivation

Roughly 35 years ago I enlisted in the U.S Air Force and endured their basic training which lasted only eight weeks (but seemed much longer).  As I write this we have been in Peace Corps Pre-Service training for abut eight … Continue reading

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Our Home for the next two Years is…

From the time we applied to join the Peace Corps we wanted to know where we would be serving for our two year service.  In October when we got our official invitation we learned the country would be Botswana. Once … Continue reading

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Playing Golf in Botswana

One of the best things about our recent “shadowing” trip was getting to visit with Chuck and Mary McGee. I had changed my status on my Facebook page to say that I was headed to Selebi-Phikewi for shadowing, and a … Continue reading

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Getting around in Botswana

When the Peace Corps sent Tish and me to stay with Chuck and Mary McGee at their site in Selebi-Phikewi, we had to use public transportation to get there, which meant a bus, or a “combi” (which is like a van), … Continue reading

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You don’t have what??

We’ve been in Botswana a little over a month now, and I’ve come to realize that many things I thought were essential, I can actually live without. Take toilet seats for instance.  Never thought about them much.  I just hadn’t … Continue reading

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Shadowing

Three weeks into Pre-Service Training the trainees get to go “shadowing.”  The Peace Corps trainees are sent out for three days to live with (shadow) a current Peace Corps volunteer in the field.  It gives the trainee an opportunity to … Continue reading

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