FAQ

Q: Where are you going?
A: Armenia

Q: Where is that?
A: It’s south of Georgia, east of Turkey, north of Iran, and west of Azerbaijan.

Q: What do they speak there? Armenian?
A: Yes, (Eastern) Armenian and Russian.

Q: When do you leave?
A: May 26th we fly to DC for staging. Staging is a one day event where you meet all the other volunteers going to your country. You have a brief orientation. May 27th we fly out to Yerevan (capital of Armenia) via Vienna.

Q: How many volunteers are there?
A: Armenia has roughly 80 volunteers right now. I estimate there will be 40 new volunteers in my group.

Q: What will you be doing?
A: Generally, business advising. Specifically, I’m not sure yet. We get our assignments during training.

Q: Will there be other volunteers near you?
A: Probably but there might not be any in my village.

Q: Do they speak English there?
A: I am not sure but I don’t think it is prevalent.

Q: Are they Muslim?
A: No, 90% are Armenian Apostolic Christians. Armenia was the first Christian nation.

Q: What’s the weather like?
A: It is similar to St. Louis weather but with a longer colder winter.

Q: What do they eat?
A: They eat thin bread, cheese, meats, potatoes, fruit, and probably a bunch of other stuff. They drink tea, coffee, vodka, wine, and beer. I’ll know more when I get there and start chowing down.

Q: Is the alphabet Cyrillic?
A: No, it is completely their own. I actually plan to write a post on the alphabet, once I learn it!

Q: Do they teach you the language?
A: The first 8 weeks in country are training. Part of the training is intensive language study. You then continue to learn the language throughout your 2 years in country.

Q: Where do you live?
A: I don’t know what city I’ll be in yet. I find out during training. Trainees live with a host family. Once you get your volunteer site, you live with another host family in the new city for at least 4 months. If you like it, you can do that the whole 2 years. If you don’t like it, you can move out on your own or get another family.

Q: What do your parents think?
A: They are very supportive. They are nervous just like I am, but they will be fine. I think they both think it’s a cool thing.

Q: What will you miss the most?
A: I can’t possibly name everything, but let me give you a flavor. All the people in my life, spaghetti, showers, toilets, running in St. Louis, familiarity, hearing the fireworks from a home run or victory before it happens on TV while watching the Cardinals, plus a thousand more things that I can’t even anticipate.

Q: Why the Peace Corps?
A: There are many motivations involved that are all intertwined, complicating the matter. All I can say is that it was to the point where if I didn’t do it, I would have regretted it my whole life.

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One Response to “FAQ”

  1. Jared M. Walsh Says:

    Master C,

    You rock our world! I love the posts. Instead of reading for class I just spend the last 3 hrs reading your posts. You have come such a long way since 2008. Did I mention I think you have a real flair for comedy. I seriously busted up on several occasions! Keep it up we look forward to the posts.

    Love,

    Global Infinity Corporation

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