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== Description of Service ==
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After a competitive application process stressing applicant skills, adaptability and cross-cultural understanding, Ms. Leslie Danai Long was invited into Peace Corps service. She was assigned as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Teacher Trainer (191) in Akhurian, Armenia.
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Ms. Long entered training on June 3rd of 2004, participating in an intensive 12-week training program in Dilijan, Armenia. Technical training included the history of the Educational System in Armenia during the Soviet period and post-Soviet period; current trends in the Armenian Educational System; and the Ministry of Education’s current projects, specifically teacher training workshops, team teaching, classroom management and new methodology.  Area Studies training included the history, economics and cultural norms of Armenia.  Language training included the acquisition of both written and spoken Armenian. As a part of the language and cross-cultural training component, Leslie Danai Long lived with an Armenian host family for the entire length of her two year service.
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Joseph Michael "Joe" Acabá (born May 17, 1967) is a Puerto Rican-American teacher, hydrogeologist and NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. He completed his training on February 10, 2006 and is currently assigned to STS-119, set to launch in the Fall of 2008 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station.
  
In August of 2004, Ms. Long arrived in Akhurian, a former Soviet village with approximately 8000 people, as the first Peace Corps TEFL Volunteer. While teaching over 300 students at Akhurian 1st School, Ms. Long developed lesson plans, learning aides and up-to-date curriculum supplementary materials for teaching. These materials were shared with other Peace Corps Volunteers who also used these materials in other secondary schools throughout Armenia. In her community, Ms Long also conducted an English club twice a week for the local government office employees to assist with their English Language acquisition.
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In 1990, Acabá received his Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the University of California - Santa Barbara and in 1992, he earned his Master's Degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. Acabá was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he served for six years. He also worked as a hydrogeologist in Los Angeles, California. Acabá spent two years in the United States Peace Corps and trained over 300 teachers in the Dominican Republic in modern teaching methodologies. He then served as Island Manager of the Caribbean Marine Research at Lee Stocking Island in the Exumas, Bahamas. Upon his return to the U.S., Acabá moved to Florida where he became Shoreline Revegetation Coordinator in Vero Beach. Acabá taught one year of science and math in high school and four years at the Dunnellon Middle School.[6]
  
Ms. Long worked extensively with two local English Teachers on tasks such as team teaching: introducing them to local and international TEFL organizations and teacher trainings; and sharing new and useful teaching aids and techniques.  Ms. Long had meaningful interactions with over 50 in-service and pre-service local English teachers, where she coordinated, participated and/or presented at Teacher Training Seminars and Workshops facilitated by Peace Corps (6), British Council (12), Project Harmony workshops (3) and AELTA (3).
 
  
During her first year of service, Ms Long established a village outreach program in the village of Tsoghamarg that provided 60 children with after school English clubs once a week. This interaction provided students with alternative learning methods and the opportunity to meet Americans for the first time. Due to her work, evaluation and recommendation Tsoghamarg Secondary School later became the site for a new Peace Corps Volunteer.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_M._Acaba Wikipedia]
 
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Ms Long was chosen as one of two Peace Corps Volunteers to teach in the American Councils of Armenia FLEX Pre-Departure Orientation Training.  She created lesson plans and learning tools for the twice held, four day Pre-Departure Orientation sessions.  In these sessions, 50 Armenian students were taught about American people, their culture, daily habits, living in America, and what to expect while attending American schools.  She created visual aids for learning tools which were used in all FLEX Orientations throughout Russia, the Ukraine and the Caucasus countries. 
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Ms Long was able to refurbish a classroom at Akhurian School #1 for the sole purpose of teaching English with donations of time, labor, money and materials from local and foreign individuals.  The English room will not only provide the local students with a pleasant environment conducive to learning English, but it will also provide the students and local community members with an abundant supply of English resources.
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Ms Long presented in several Peace Corps organized conferences.  She led the TEFL session at the All Volunteer Conference held in November 2005. This session provided answers and advice to many of the new volunteers’ questions and concerns about teaching and learning in the Armenian Educational system, as well as sharing best teaching practices.
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Ms. Long facilitated a two-day workshop on “Creating and Using Visual Aides” which was attended by twelve TEFL Peace Corps Volunteers in January 2006. The workshop provided the participants with hands-on experience in creating and using visual aids in a variety of ways in the English language classroom.  Many ideas, techniques and experiences were exchanged amongst the Peace Corps Volunteers to be taken and used throughout Armenia.
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Joseph Michael "Joe" Acabá (born May 17, 1967) is a Puerto Rican-American teacher, hydrogeologist and NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. He completed his training on February 10, 2006 and is currently assigned to STS-119, set to launch in the Fall of 2008 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station.

In 1990, Acabá received his Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the University of California - Santa Barbara and in 1992, he earned his Master's Degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. Acabá was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he served for six years. He also worked as a hydrogeologist in Los Angeles, California. Acabá spent two years in the United States Peace Corps and trained over 300 teachers in the Dominican Republic in modern teaching methodologies. He then served as Island Manager of the Caribbean Marine Research at Lee Stocking Island in the Exumas, Bahamas. Upon his return to the U.S., Acabá moved to Florida where he became Shoreline Revegetation Coordinator in Vero Beach. Acabá taught one year of science and math in high school and four years at the Dunnellon Middle School.[6]


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