Author Archives: Lew in Macedonia

About Lew in Macedonia

Recently retired, but wanting to extend my career and continue being useful. I have decided to act upon a plan I had while in college, but never was able to actively pursue. I have applied to and been invited to serve in the Peace Corps. I will be serving in Macedonia September 11, 2011 until November 23, 2013. If interested in my Peace Corps application process, which began on 4/27/2010 and took until 9/9/2011 when I arrived at Staging, read my previous blog. My TIME LINE can be found there among my August 2010 blogs at: http://palew.blogspot.com/ My Peace Core experiences from application through 27 months of service in Macedonia can be found at: https://4lew.wordpress.com/

Crunchy numbers – A statistical summary from 27 August, 2011 until 13 January, 2014

This Blog began as I approached Staging for my Peace Corps service and has concluded with the previous Blog regarding my Close of Service and repatriation to the United States. My Blog regarding my application process leading up to Staging … Continue reading

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PCA – PCN – PCI – PCT – PCV – COS – RPCV

From submission of formal Application to “Returned PCV” status; What an experience! I remember the moment when, as a freshman at Penn State in 1961, I saw the first recruiting posters displayed by the Peace Corps. I began to think … Continue reading

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I won the Peace Corps Lottery! – – – THREE TIMES!

Three and a half years ago I applied to serve in the Peace Corps. This was something I have wanted to do since seeing their first recruiting posters when I was a freshman at Penn State in 1961. First, I … Continue reading

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Like a good book, or . . .

As in any relationship, life in the Peace Corps follows a definite process. Everything has a beginning, middle and an end. We can ignore the process, but we cannot escape experiencing it. Conversely, we can acknowledge it, and in so … Continue reading

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It goes with the territory

In the Peace Corps, this means that no matter where you are and no matter what your status is with the PC (PCA, PCI, PCT, or PCV), you are subject to things happening beyond your control. Of course, you start … Continue reading

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Peace Corps Service is a 24/7 commitment, and it’s not all that bad.

The Peace Corps told us on the day we assembled in Philadelphia to depart from the States to begin our service and repeatedly on many occasions since then, that we are expected to work 24/7. This means that when not … Continue reading

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Should you volunteer overseas?

Three years ago I was searching the Internet looking for information related to my lifelong desire to join the Peace Corps. I was also reading anything I could find regarding life as an ex-patriot volunteering overseas. Perhaps you have been … Continue reading

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