Peace Corp Isolation

Peace Corp Isolation
Lome Togo

I walked in the internet café, finished up, said good bye in English to the Vitamin Deficit man, and turn around, some lady says,
- Where are you from. -
I say,
- The USA. -
She says,
- Yes, I know, but where.-
I say,
- Fort Wayne, Indiana, then north to a small village. -
Village is not used in the USA, I should have said Town, but I am not from the USA anymore, I am citizen of nowhere.

Ok, she is a mental health counselor, she said she works with Peace Corp or sometime does.
I say,
- Yep, some of them need help. -
I am making a joke, I think she is just talking,
- Yes, surprising the problems they have. -
I say,
- They did volunteer to sit in nowhere for a long time. -

I am thinking she is talking, however, she is serious, she is really giving counseling to the 2 year committed to living in a village Peace Corp Volunteers. I am think,
- Kick their A S S back home. -
Geez, I do hope the Peace Corp is not paying for counseling to Peace Corp Volunteers, but the lady seems to say they are…

Volunteer and cost the USA a lot of money.

Volunteers are sort of one step about a Choir Boy, they are not the super old, the super achievers. Although she says they are all type A personalities. I just saw about 25 more or less going to their villages.

I would think then I am Alpha Male, Type A, Red Meat Raw, cut a throat-per-day man. They are kids, not enough gumption to push, smart, educated, but not yet dry behind the ears. They are in my eyes, about 20 and less, maybe 25 and less in age, or younger. Never been away from home, yep, they probably need counseling.

These kids in the Peace Corp do a tough job, the learn the local languages, they become disillusioned, they learn they do very little, mostly they learn, and nothing happens. The biggest and best thing about Peace Corps in my brain, is that an American spends two years in one place, when they are not on vacation with their buddies at some backpacker hostel. They learn the one culture, they know more than most, they spent 2 years in one area of the world. The can now take that knowledge and help the CIA. That is a joke, but also true, they have a resume stamp that can get them a job overseas. I did, I did the two years. I did not quit.

I admire the Peace Corp Volunteers, if it is possible for me to admire a volunteer….

But counseling for isolation, deal with it, grow up, buck up, and get on with it.

Isolation is not a killer, it is boring, difficult, and you need to become your own best friend. Being most youth have no clue who they are, hard to even like the person they find… hehehe

Isolation, I could talk, let me think. I think I could write, three, 225 Trade Size Paperback books on how to deal with Isolation in travel or how to avoid, how to find intimacy in 5 minutes, and which cultures are stones. Africa is far from a STONE, it make China like Hell, and Asia like the sister of Hell. Africa is a very warm and friendly place, the Vitamins are missing for breakfast, slow on the draw, not a overly amount of active brain work here. But easy to find some friend that has a little interest in you besides money. And then, with a purchase or two you can purchase a conversation for less than 50 cents U.S.

The men have problems, I think they think they are macho, but only in groups, not a one on one thing.

Isolation, living in one place, hard to be isolated. Living every other week in another city, and it is easy. Amazing, I can start to work a city in the first day, know everyone in two, and have figured out how to do about anything in 7.

I would never feel isolated in one location, I have to move and leave all my new friends to find Isolation.

Normally the NGOs have a big boy friend within two days, but that is the real reason they came. NGO is different than Peace Corps, the Peace Corps actually lives sometimes in a village, unless transportation to the party is too easy.

The mind is an adaptive device, it learns how to cope. It can only learn by having a need. Pulling a person out of the field, so they can talk, deprives them of the acute need to adapt.

IF they are suicidal, then send them home, put them in solitary confinement.. Hehehe, same same but not a good as Peace Corps.

Counseling in my mind is some form of dysfunctional enabling process, paid for by the USA make work cure anything by advice, not by buck up, deal with it, grow up.

Peace Corp Isolation


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How sad that your impression of African men, Peace Corps Volunteers and counseling are so negative. Had I known that, I could have offered you free counseling on the spot. It seems as if you said you had spent 2 years as a PCV but it must have been a very sad and bitter experience for you. I have not encountered PC Volunteers with the kinds of problems you spoke of, but I did encounter you.
We are each entitled to our opinion but I was told to inform myself before launching into a diatribe about something. Also, maybe you do not utilise courtesy as a part of your personality repertoire, but the next time you decide to dissect a conversation with someone online, perhaps letting them know that you are listening to their every word, as in an interview for inclusion in a blog, would give that person a "heads up".
By the way, Peace Corps ends with "s". Even PCVs who are spelling impaired without a computer know how to spell the name of this illustrious organization.
As you said in your parting words to me today, before I read your blog, Have a good life.

I agree with happylady... You are gravely missing the point. You are so wrapped up in your own existence that you can't see what is going on and what really matters. Are we supposed to be impressed that you have traveled and can 'feel out a new city' and you're a self proclaimed 'citizen of nowhere'? Sounds like you take yourself too seriously. Maybe if you got out of the hostel bar and stopped being a judgemental 'dirty american' you might see that these 'kids' (although the average age for a PCV is 27) spend 2 years doing something for someone else, even if they change one persons life in those 2 years it is still significantly more than your contributions to the world. As happylady proved, people aren't impressed by you and your mediocre blogging gig. So grow up, grow a pair, stop running away and do something worthwhile while traveling.

You obviously think very highly of yourself, and it is quite evident that is about all you think about, is yourself. What a superficial view you have of the world. You have not spent over two years living in a hut with no running water and no electricity. You have not had to worry about purifying your drinking water every day for fear of guinea worms and malaria. You haven't had a child die in your arms from AIDS, a preventable and treatable disease. You haven't had young girls, barely teenagers, leave your village for months on end only to return with a deadly disease from having to sell themselves to support their family, unable to do anything about it. I don't think you could do it. You couldn't live for two years in a hut, isolated from your family and friends, so don't put down those that do. You didn't live in Togo when their President died and 40,000 people literally walked out to neighboring countries for fear of another Rwanda. How dare you judge those that did. Vacationing in Lome for two weeks is hardly getting to know the country and the people. It is a superficial view, just as you are superficial. You try to teach sex education when Bush has cut funding for anything but abstinence in a country with 50% AIDS. You think you wouldn't need someone to talk to? Shame on you. You disgust me.

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