Pre-Service Training (PST) at the halfway point

PST is the name given to the 9 to 12 weeks of orientation and training that all PC Volunteers around the world receive between Staging (in the US) and their 2-year assignments “at site.”

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Images of Life in Namibia

This past week saw us put on a 4-day workshop on business skills to 60 eager entrepreneurs and local business owners.
This past week saw us put on a 4-day workshop covering business skills to 60 eager entrepreneurs and local business owners.
My host family son, Damien, sporting the San Jose Sharks t-shirt I brought with me.
My host family son, Damien, sporting the San Jose Sharks t-shirt I brought with me.
Kiara is my host family's daughter - she's handy and helpful around the kitchen as well as being an accomplished student.
Kiara is my host family’s daughter – she’s handy and helpful around the kitchen as well as being an accomplished student.
Today we learned about permagardening and made this 1-meter cube compost pile. Beneath the plastic bag covers (reducing the evaporation), are green and brown debris collected from around the training center.
Today we learned about perma-gardening and made this 1-meter cube compost pile. Beneath the plastic bag covers (used to reduce evaporation), are a mix of green and brown debris, ash and manure collected from around our training center. In arid Namibia, such material is hard to come by!
In the second phase of our permagardening project, we built this raised bed and planted tomatoes, bell peppers, beans, squash, cabbage and lettuce. Wirh luck and hard work, we'll be sharing this knowledge in our new communities.
In the second phase of our perma-gardening project today, we built this raised bed from scavenged stones and bricks to plant tomatoes, bell peppers, beans, squash, cabbage and lettuce. This was a new experience for many of my young colleagues. With luck and hard work, we’ll be sharing this knowledge with our new communities.

Breaking News: I’ll be living in Arandis

The CED group listens patiently to how the site assignments were made. We all just wanted to know where we are going more than why.
The CED group listens patiently to how the site assignments were made. We all just wanted to know where we are going, not why.
Lots of smiles and laughter and "Oh, wow! Where's that?" questions.
Lots of smiles and laughter and “Oh, wow! Where’s that?” questions.
Site Announcement Day revealed our new homes and projects. This close-knit group will soon disperse throughout a country twice the size of California.
Site Announcement Day revealed our new homes and projects. This close-knit group will soon disperse throughout a country twice the size of California.
Joel's Afrikaans group is very happy with our sites and projects!
Joel’s Afrikaans group is very happy with our sites and projects!
My "client," the Arandis Town Council, provided this brochure in my site information package.
My “client,” the Arandis Town Council, provided this brochure for my site information package. I’ll be working with the CEO.