The Newbies are Coming!

By | February 2, 2013

They won’t be here until May, but all of the A-21s (the next group of Peace Corps volunteers coming to Armenia) have been notified of their placement. They are preparing to leave their friends and families for 27 months. They are selling things, buying other things, figuring out what to do with all the stuff they want to keep, and trying to get it all done without going completely crazy.


For me, that means I’m on the way out. That means I need to start planning for the next stage in my life as well. It means I need to pass on the reigns of the projects I’m heading, and trust that my work here will continue after I leave.

I’m crossing my fingers, as I’m sure all the A-19s are, that everything I’ve done in Armenia will not have been in vain.

Armenian Kids' Drawings

This is a group of kids that are participating in a world-wide art exchange. They drew pictures of what they think of, when they think of Armenia.

But… I’m not gone yet! I still have a lot of work ahead of me. Enough time to get it all done and change the world!


Well, if I can’t do it by August, I’m sure the A-21s will get right on that and finish the job for me. Thanks, guys! Looking forward to meeting you all when you arrive.


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8 thoughts on “The Newbies are Coming!

  1. Ryan

    yoikes.. so what are you trying to change the world into, if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve been thinking about going into the peace corps.

    1. MuMu

      ..Changing the world to a place of light..of love..of happiness..of unity..of oneness..of…..
      Ev-Jan! Realy one of the kind Ev! 🙂

      1. MuMu

        No, just a fan and an admirer of her professional dedication on her job as a PCV in a selfless fashion, and liking her posts about Armenia including her nice photos.

    2. Ev Post author

      My comment was slightly tongue-in-cheek, because I know that the amount of change I can actually effect is very small. But many people do join Peace Corps expecting to change the world; it’s an idealism that is not based on the reality of the situation. I do have certain goals for my Peace Corps experience, and I can tell that the things I’ve been doing here have made a difference to the people closest to me, but my sights are not set on actually “changing the world.” I do recommend Peace Corps service for those who want to experience the challenges of living in a different culture, and who are willing to work for almost no money for 27 months. If you can look around, see what people need, and use your special set of talents and skills to help them out in a specific area in a way that’s useful to them, then that will change their world and that’s a great success for a Peace Corps Volunteer.

  2. Ryan

    I didn’t make it obvious, but I was asking the blogger what she meant. thanks.

  3. Kristen

    Hi! Came across your blog since I am reading as many Peace Corp blogs before I head over in May! Glad that you gave a little shout out to us and I’m excited to meet you as well =)

  4. MuMu

    Ev Jan, this recent You Tube video is a must to see and hear for all those involved in EDUCATION, like the peace corps.

    In this 27 minutes video Dr Benjamin Carson is speaking about education and how education frees someone and how education is vitely important. He is black from illiterate poor family
    was became Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Division of John Hopkins Carson hospital.

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