There are two things that become clear when you meet returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Virtual Service Participant Cindy Mosca: She may specialize in teaching English as a second language (ESL), but she’s eager to help others in any way that she can, and she doesn’t shy away from putting in extra work for the most effective final product.
It’s the day of Nezif’s long-awaited wedding, which will take place in his home village in western Ethiopia. It is far from the village where I live and work as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but I’m not exactly sure how to get there.
As Peace Corps commemorated its 60th anniversary, a virtual panel discussion was held on March 3 with returned Volunteers who were personally impacted by President John F. Kennedy, who established the agency in 1961.
One morning at the village health center, unaware that they were launching the annual trachoma mass drug administration campaign, I offered to help Shawit, the health extension worker, carry medical supplies to the center of town where we would set up a “pop-up” post in front of the elementary school with a few other health center staff.
My cohort of Volunteers’ Close of Service Conference was a time to say goodbye to the dedicated staff who worked alongside us in our two years in Ethiopia, to think about what’s next and how best to utilize our service and to have a final hoorah with this group of people who have become great friends over two years.