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close this bookAbove and Beyond - Secondary Activities for Peace Corps Volunteers (Peace Corps; 1995; 116 pages)
View the documentAcknowledgment
View the documentPreface
View the documentIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsPart one - Seven success stories
Open this folder and view contentsPart two - A sampling of activities
close this folderPart three - Guidelines for success
View the documentStarting slowly
View the documentLetting the community take the initiative
View the documentRelying on local resources
View the documentEnjoying the activity
View the documentPaying attention to the nuts and bolts
View the documentKeeping is simple and flexible
View the documentFollowing up, documenting and sharing your experience
View the documentList of acronyms
View the documentBibliography

Enjoying the activity

Over and over, PCVs have found that secondary activities are most rewarding when they reflect PCVs' personal talents and interests.

By organizing a secondary activity during your Peace Corps service, you have an opportunity to use different skills and interests from those perhaps you are employing in your primary assignment. If you enjoy working with your hands, for example, you might want to undertake a construction project. If you are musical, you may consider organizing a singing group to perform programs with a social message. Perhaps you are really concerned about the environmental degradation in your area and want to do something about it by organizing workshops for teachers.

Susan Willett's assignment as a community development advisor and English language teacher inspired her to undertake a secondary activity of recording Yapese legends for children to incorporate into the island's teaching curriculum. Phil Bob Hellmich arrived in Sierra Leone with a love of fishing and a strong commitment to preserving local traditions and culture. His secondary activity utilized both.

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