Category Archives: work

жакшы калиңез

In Kyrgyz, there are two ways to say goodbye: жакшы калиңез (“stay well”) if you are the one departing, and жакшы бариңез (“have a good journey”) if you are the one remaining. I recently said what I hope is only a temporary … Continue reading

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Summer Youth Leadership School 2011

[Note: I have a bunch of unwritten/unposted updates from the end of my service that I would like to share regardless for posterity’s sake. So I will get them up as soon as possible, and then return back to real-time … Continue reading

Posted in fun, gender, grants, Peace Corps, volunteerism, work, Y-PEER, youth development | 1 Comment

New blog site, catching up

Hi all, I have finally succumbed and imported my blog from blogspot to wordpress.  As much as I loved having my blog pop up first on Google when you enter “Peace Corps Kazakhstan,” my vanity is officially deferring to convenience … Continue reading

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> 10.22.10 I recently attended ZhasCamp, the first youth conference held in Kazakhstan on October 8-10 in Almaty. Young people and representatives ofyouth NGOs gathered from all over the country, and expert guests from Russia,Ukraine, Poland, Kyrgyzstan and other nations were … Continue reading

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Y-PEER Conference in Bulgaria

>09.19.10 I just got back from a Y-PEER Advocacy Project Training inBulgaria. Y-PEER is UNFPA’s youthpeer-to-peer sexual and reproductive health network of over 500 NGOs worldwidein 36 countries.  Our Shymkentvolunteers have become national representatives of the Y-PEER network in Kazakhstan, … Continue reading

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Dilfuza, We Are With You

This month, my organization became involved in a tragic but important legal case brought to the South Kazakhstan Regional Court.  The defendant, a girl named Dilfuza, was walking home with her friend and nephew on October 1, 2009 in the … Continue reading

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What I Do (Part II)

This is the second of a two-part post about my work as an NGO Development volunteer in Peace Corps Kazakhstan, and will detail my actual activities and responsibilities with my organization, community partners, and secondary projects in and around Shymkent. … Continue reading

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