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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I am in my late 30's and I completed a Masters of Divinity a couple years ago and I am leaving for the Peace Corps in August 2010 to serve as a Youth Developer in the Eastern Caribbean on the island of Antigua. I am interested in social justice, issues surrounding poverty, working with minorities and those in cycles of poverty to access education or find their inspiration to live a meaningful life. I love cooking, hiking, nature, meditations, animals and sharing life with friends and family.

My Passions:
Self healing, transforming and self awareness.

My Challenges:
Finding my purpose in life.

My Vision for the Future:
Using my talents to the best of my abilities to better my community.

My Areas of Expertise:
Building relationships, hospitality, being present, encouraging others.

Comments

Katie McDonald's picture

Hello & Welcome

Hello Ina,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features, which I encourage you to explore.

If you are not sure where to start, I suggest going to the Voices Rising section. Here you can view and comment on the latest posts. It is available here: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/voices

Joining the PulseWire Lounge is also a great place to start. This group is at the heart of the PulseWire culture and can be found here: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/3740

I look forward to hearing more about your life and upcoming assignment in Antigua.

Best wishes,

Katie

ina.howe's picture

Thanks!

Hello Katie! I appreciate the note and the helpful suggestions. I am glad to be on here and look forward to getting more acquainted with everyone involved. Peace, Ina

Katie McDonald's picture

Hi Ina, Let me know if you

Hi Ina,

Let me know if you have any questions about PulseWire or need help navigating the site.

Your friend,

Katie

jadefrank's picture

Congrats on your assignment!

Hi Ina,

So good to see you here on PulseWire! I hope you will keep us updated on all the adventures you have Antigua. I encourage you to join the Peace Corps group, where volunteers past, present and future can talk about experiences. The group was just started up - so don't be shy to make a post in the group journal (click the "Contribute" tab above the group name) if you have any questions of the members.

Peace Corps Volunteers Group: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/18558

And would definitely like to grab another beer with you before you leave!

Hugs,
Jade

ina.howe's picture

Hey You!

Hello Jade!

I knew I would be in touch with you very soon. Thanks for the greeting! I am glad to have finally gotten on here. I have about 4 months before I leave for Antigua and would love to grab a beer, I think I owe you one:) I got onto the Peace Corps group and I look forward to connecting with others who are on there. Congratulations on the full time gig with WP! How is the work going for you? Let's meet up soon. Maria mentioned maybe meeting up with you soon and maybe I can join you two. Peace, Ina

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Sharese's picture

Welcome!

Welcome to World Pulse! I am so excited to hear that you are coming to the Caribbean for Peace Corps. I will be interested to read about your experience! I see that you have joined te Peace Corps gourp- that is fantastic. I hope that you connect with many other past, present an future volunteers there.

Let me know if you need any assistance connecting on the site or if you want any PC advice from somone about to finish their service (Aug13!).

Much Peace,

Sharese

ina.howe's picture

Hello

Hi Sharese!

Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, I would love to connect with someone who is presently serving in the Caribbean.

I see that you have been working in Jamaica. What kind of work are you doing? I feel pretty good about my placement and yet I know it will be challenging. What have your biggest personal and work challenges been? I have read lots of blogs by Peace Corps volunteers and that has been helpful for advise on getting settled and making the most of the transition which can take time to settle in. I have wanted to know if having a laptop is useful for ones work as as a PC volunteer. I am less interested in using it for personal reasons as I don't intend to blog about my experience, I know I will be satisfied if every couple of months I can connect over FB or email with a few friends. I am also wondering how necessary it is to bring linens and things, is it easy to purchase them there and is it affordable on a PC stipend? I am interested in hearing about your adjustment to the community and whether you got to know other local women easily? I could likely keep going but I will stop there. Thanks for getting in touch and I look forward to hearing from you. I hope your last few months are good to you. Peace, Ina

Sharese's picture

Peace Corps

Hey Ina-

Oh my my where to begin. The biggest problem I have had is the harrassment- men harrass all female volunteers constantly. Also everything moves slow and very little actually ever gets done. You definitely have find something to be passionate about (for me it is girls' empowerment) and keep your eye on that.

As far as linens- YES BRING THEM, bring at least 2 sets (queen size probably) and bring anything else you think you might need as far as clothing and shoes is concerned - EVERYTHING is imported and is about 10x more expensive than it would be in the states!

And YES bring a lap-top I spent my first 6 months without one and it was really hard to get my work done (I researched a bunch of curriculum and typed them up, etc). If you find you don't use it often you can take it home with you or lend it to another volunteer that needs one.

As far as adjustment and getting to know other women- that is tricky. It isn't a relationship like you would form in the states or somewhere where you were among peers (i.e. in a university overseas). The relationship is there, but it is a different kind of relationship. Hard to explain...

But GOOD LUCK with everything. Ask anymore questions!! I am very excited for you.

Much Peace-

Sharese

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