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|country= Armenia
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== Description of Service ==
 
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.
 
  
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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My husband Richard and I served in Lucea, Jamaica as relative "newlyweds" --- far off the tourist path. We both were assigned to education projects, but our work also evolved into meeting other community needs, like teaching adult literacy and, for me, home economics and surreptitious sex education to young women who had very little accurate information about their bodies. I also got very involved in helping at the local hospital, especially in the "pediatric ward" <span class="plainlinks">[http://lightcoupon.com/?p=25 <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">fleshlight</span>]</span> where two and three terminally ill infants would be sharing the same crib. I will never forget caring for a dead baby whom the staff feared to touch because its eyes were still open. Health standards in general were abysmal. I got amoebic dysentery and became so ill that a local "missionary" from the US stood over my bed and pronounced the "last rites." Obviously, I got better, once the PC doctor became involved in providing the necessary medications!
  
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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We lived on a subsistence allowance in a modest little house high on a hill the first year --- with a cat to catch the lizards and a mosquito net to discourage the insects from feasting on us during the night --- got our food on the weekends from the market, cooked with a kerosene stove, boiled our water, and walked everywhere or rode our bicycles (it was very hilly). The local kids saw our house as the "youth center" and hung out with us on the porch most nights. When it became impossible to get any running water up on the hill, we moved down to a sea level very open tiny cottage. No phones, no electricity ... we read a lot of books and played a lot of board games! We felt very much a part of the community and were invited to innumerable celebrations and events --- to be served saltfish & ackee, green-colored curried goat, rice 'n peas, fried plantain, breadfruit and escoveatch fish. They taught us to be more laid-back with their "soon come" approach to life. Their island motto "Out of Many, One People" became eye-opening and real to me, a midwestern girl raised in a WASP-y suburb. We developed such a love for our neighbors and found it hard to leave them after our two years. There were tears on all sides.
  
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).
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Over the years since then, Richard has been able to set up "service learning" programs with some of the colleges/universities with which he has worked so that students can go to Lucea, live with families, help in the schools, and experience life in a third world country. Many have gone on to join the Peace Corps or become involved in other service-oriented professions.  
  
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 weekThis 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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Our Peace Corps experience changed our lives and the commitments we have made for the past 40+ years since then. To top off his career, Richard is once again working for the Peace Corps at DC headquarters, in the office of special services --- mostly providing crisis counseling as needed, often in African countries. Our four now grown children are well aware of the need for cross-cultural understanding, respect and sensitivityOur home has welcomed foreign students to live with us, and we welcome opportunities to share adventures and learn other perspectives. That keeps us young!
  
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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Joining the Peace Corps was the most significant decision I ever made (along with accepting the proposal to marry the man who shared my ideals in 1965). While my two years in Jamaica hardly made a dent in solving their deep-rooted problems, the experience changed me and my desire to be a more compassionate citizen of the world.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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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My husband Richard and I served in Lucea, Jamaica as relative "newlyweds" --- far off the tourist path. We both were assigned to education projects, but our work also evolved into meeting other community needs, like teaching adult literacy and, for me, home economics and surreptitious sex education to young women who had very little accurate information about their bodies. I also got very involved in helping at the local hospital, especially in the "pediatric ward" fleshlight where two and three terminally ill infants would be sharing the same crib. I will never forget caring for a dead baby whom the staff feared to touch because its eyes were still open. Health standards in general were abysmal. I got amoebic dysentery and became so ill that a local "missionary" from the US stood over my bed and pronounced the "last rites." Obviously, I got better, once the PC doctor became involved in providing the necessary medications!

We lived on a subsistence allowance in a modest little house high on a hill the first year --- with a cat to catch the lizards and a mosquito net to discourage the insects from feasting on us during the night --- got our food on the weekends from the market, cooked with a kerosene stove, boiled our water, and walked everywhere or rode our bicycles (it was very hilly). The local kids saw our house as the "youth center" and hung out with us on the porch most nights. When it became impossible to get any running water up on the hill, we moved down to a sea level very open tiny cottage. No phones, no electricity ... we read a lot of books and played a lot of board games! We felt very much a part of the community and were invited to innumerable celebrations and events --- to be served saltfish & ackee, green-colored curried goat, rice 'n peas, fried plantain, breadfruit and escoveatch fish. They taught us to be more laid-back with their "soon come" approach to life. Their island motto "Out of Many, One People" became eye-opening and real to me, a midwestern girl raised in a WASP-y suburb. We developed such a love for our neighbors and found it hard to leave them after our two years. There were tears on all sides.

Over the years since then, Richard has been able to set up "service learning" programs with some of the colleges/universities with which he has worked so that students can go to Lucea, live with families, help in the schools, and experience life in a third world country. Many have gone on to join the Peace Corps or become involved in other service-oriented professions.

Our Peace Corps experience changed our lives and the commitments we have made for the past 40+ years since then. To top off his career, Richard is once again working for the Peace Corps at DC headquarters, in the office of special services --- mostly providing crisis counseling as needed, often in African countries. Our four now grown children are well aware of the need for cross-cultural understanding, respect and sensitivity. Our home has welcomed foreign students to live with us, and we welcome opportunities to share adventures and learn other perspectives. That keeps us young!

Joining the Peace Corps was the most significant decision I ever made (along with accepting the proposal to marry the man who shared my ideals in 1965). While my two years in Jamaica hardly made a dent in solving their deep-rooted problems, the experience changed me and my desire to be a more compassionate citizen of the world.