Seedy wrote:Well, it's a great picture you paint, Lee - but it isn't entirely like that.....
Most of the Peace Corps volunteers spend 3 months NOT learning Bulgarian at all well and struggle with the language during their whole stay.
Many/most of the projects they're involved with are - surprise, surprise! - to help "disadvantaged minority groups". We all know just what THAT means....and what political ends it serves.
Many of them (but, to be fair, by no means all) are trying to help kids learn English from a position of considerable ignorance of syntax and grammar. By that I'm not talking about Americans' inability to speak/write what they quaintly call "English English"
The Peace Corps has a chequered history in some eyes; on the one hand its aims are ostensibly good and indeed laudable, on the other many people around the world see it as a thinly-disguised means of cultural and economic imperialism. I'm sure the US government feels that spending 400 million bucks on foreign ambassadors with fresh faces is a worthwhile investment, but one might also feel they'd be better off ploughing the money into their own slums and ghettoes rather than patronising foreigners.
Leaving all that aside, I agree with you 100% that ex-pats who seriously come to Bulgaria to settle and make new lives would benefit greatly from involving ourselves in helping our local communities in any way we can.
As to "English language support", many of us might find it beneficial (or indeed humbling) to look at some of the English questions asked of children graduating from the local gymnasium - I'd confidently wager that most of us would struggle VERY hard to find correct answers without resorting to Google!
Moscow_Wolf wrote:I know nothing about the Peace Corps (will Google and read up later), but I am aware of the VSO although, I am more SOE than BESO. wink.
On first reading, it appears like something I might wish to do, but I am not prepared in any way to promote American propaganda however subtle or Bible bash. If this is part of the curriculum then, it would be a non-starter for me.
What does, 'shadowing' actually mean and what are the distances involved, would I have to 'chauffeur' all over my part of Bulgaria or can smaller areas of coverage be determined? Is it all Voluntary or are there expensed to be claimed.
And finally, where can I find out more about the Bulgarian part of the Peace Corps?
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