Sunday, September 23, 2007

My favorite tidbits from the “Welcome to Peace Corps” materials:

ON BEING A PCV
All of my income will be taxable (luckily I’ll be in a low tax bracket)
Real estate speculation is prohibited, so it looks like I won’t be buying any beachfront property in MZ after all (yes, I really was considering it, bummer)
No dating other PCVs (under the “Fraternization” subheading, Bummer)

Training will cover how to:
Teach English effectively
Communicate in Portuguese
Stay healthy (avoid disease)
Stay safe (avoid crime)
adapt to MZ culturally


ON MOZAMBIQUE
The northern half of MZ is a matriarchical tradition, the south half is patriarchical.
Key cash crops are sugar cane, cashews and corn.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE
Arabs arrive along the coastline in 300 A.D. The Portuguese arrive in 1498.
Portugal refused to give up its colonies after WWII and MZ. The war for independence began 1964 and ended in 1975 with a Marxist government in control. The civil war began in 1976, hostilities ended in 1992 and in 1994 they had peaceful elections. The government adopted free market policies, free press, privatization of state-owned enterprises and open to civil society (NGOs).
Peace Corps has been in MZ since 1999.

1 comment:

Liz said...

My favorite saying during my Peace Corps service came from another volunteer, she said instead of "Peace Corps, the toughest job you'll ever love" she wrote "Peace Corps, the toughest job you'll ever need thousands of dollars worth of therapy to get over". Your approach to your service as a mission while really help you in great times of lonliness and struggle!