April Fool’s Day

One Sunday in church, the pastor told a story about a man making soup with canned tuna: he opened the can, threw away the tuna and put the can in the pot with the soup. The crowd erupted in laughter. The next service, a different pastor told the same joke, only changing the type of …

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“The Mix-Up” / My Story Project with the Curriculum Development Unit

I wrote this short story inspired by O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” as part of a project I’m leading to give my students and all Vanuatu students more culturally relevant stories. I recruited other Peace Corps Volunteers to write stories set in Vanuatu in English and Bislama (one PCV is translating them all to …

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The Gender & Development Committee’s Leadership Camp

The Peace Corps Vanuatu's Gender and Development Committee designed a Leadership Camp that I attended, last December, with one of my closest friends from the village, Matilda. We traveled to the beautiful island of Malakula for a weeklong training-- part workshop, part American-style summer camp-- with 14 other PCVS, each with a counterpart from their villages, led …

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