Anchorage Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) had a BBQ Thursday evening. I vaguely knew that the Anchorage Assembly now has TWO RPCVs on it, but I hadn't really thought about it, but there they both were. (I'll let Anchorage readers guess who they are.)
Had a good time sharing thoughts with volunteers from places like Nepal and the Philippines.
And then there was Becky, who is technically still a volunteer, into her fourth year in Mexico. Yes, that is a long time. The normal assignment is two years. Well, she's finishing up, maybe this month.
What makes Becky particularly relevant to this blog is that I met her four years ago here in Anchorage just as she was about to first leave for her assignment. It was send off dinner for new volunteers. Here's the link to that post. And a picture of her in May 2012 before she left for Mexico.
And this was Thursday evening. I should have checked the picture after I took it. It's the only one I have. We were talking quickly at the end of the BBQ and someone suggested she get in front of the Peace Corps emblem for the picture.
Four years ago she only knew the general area she was going into - Environmental Education.
Her town was just outside El Chico National Park and some of her recent projects were connected with the park. Like developing an activity book for primary school kids that helps to introduce them to the National Park. She helped set up an environmental book section in the local library. She's also been doing community based workshops on a variety of topics including organic pesticides and bio-fertilizers. There was also the book published by the kids in the community using their drawings and photos showing a kids' eye view of the community and the environment. You can see the whole book here.
This was just a quickie overview of things she was working on recently. But it seemed like a good idea to do a follow up of the four year old post.