The Peace Corps is a United States government program that sends Americans overseas to help poorer countries. It was started in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. There are three goals--to provide assistance to developing countries; to share with them about America; and to inform Americans about life in foreign countries.
The people here are very nice, too! My village reminds me of small towns in West Virginia, where everyone pretty much knows everybody else, and people are quick to pitch in to help a neighbor. They have been very welcoming to me.
A view of my village from one of the roads leading into it.The school where I work is small--we only have three classrooms, all located on the first floor. Upstairs is a small library, the principal's office, bathrooms, two small meeting rooms, and some limited storage. We have just 31 students enrolled in the three classes, with about ten in each classroom. Our classes comprise two grades each, with the one teacher covering both grade levels. Kindergarten and first grade are combined in one room, second and third grades are together in the middle room, and fourth and fifth grades share the last room (we don't have any sixth graders this year).
This is the view of the playing field out my library door, where they play cricket, rounders, and football (not American football--everywhere else but America refers to soccer as football).One of my duties is to be the school librarian, and they gave me a desk there. My window looks out onto the nearby beach (see the first picture in this story). My door looks out on the playing field, with the village and the mountains behind it. There is no air conditioning down here, so with the temperature generally in the mid- 80s, the door and window louvers are always open during the day.
Here are two views of my little library.
Here is a closer view of the beach just across from my school (with a fisherman's boat).I look forward to sharing more about life on the beautiful island of Dominica during this school year. Until my next report, please work hard in school! There are lots of students down here who would love to have the resources and opportunities for a good education that you are privileged to have as American school children. Don't waste your chance! Learn as much as you can!
Here's to the dawning of our World Wise Schools relationship!