The Fun That Was Peace Corps Guyana - Mark's Blog

Postings from just north of the equator. Let's see if training in CPR and First Aid prepares me to teach Health Education in a small, remote village in Guyana. I'm thinking... no. Read all about this ill advised decision! In addition, here is the required Peace Corps disclaimer: "The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the US government or the Peace Corps." So, please, don't confuse me with the White House Press Secretary.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back Home

Well, I'm done. I finished Peace Corps Guyana. And now I'm back home in America. The 25 months I've spent overseas in South America are over. The overriding emotion is relief to be back. When I had come home for a three week vacation about a year ago, my feeling was mostly giddy joy to see home. But now, though I'm really happy to be home, it feels different. I feel pride for what I did in my time in Guyana, relief to have successfully completed it, and nervousness about returning to America. Peace Corps constantly tells us how hard it will be to return home and re-integrate into our old country. And we internalize those warnings so much that I think it could be a self-fulfilling prophesy. I know I will be probably have some issues about being home at some point, but I also know that I am currently in the honeymoon phase, enjoying everything about being home (hot showers!).

So life is good. I'm hanging around home for the next two months or so, seeing friends, and getting ready for grad school that starts this fall. I don't know if I'll keep this blog updated - I imagine people are much less interested in my goings-about America. But I guess as Peace Corps related things pop up in my life, they might make an appearance here.


At 1:44 PM, Blogger gen and craig said...

Hi! I am a recently returned PCV too! I am off to a Guyana for a PCR position. Can I ask you questions about the country? Please email me at if you are able to entertain questions. thanks, gen

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Confident Expectation said...

Hi Mark- I am apart of GUY 20. I really enjoyed reading your blog while I was still in the states awaiting to come to Guyana. Now, I have started a blog ( Being in Guyana is an interesting experience. Thanks for writing a blog so a newbie could feel more comfortable coming to country. ~Shaniece

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Hope you are well. I just came across your blog. Great stuff! I am writing to you because my partner and I are launching a website that will be populated with cross-cultural information about every country in the world. We will be looking to the web community to help do this with all the information being available for free. I was wondering if you and/or members from your community may be able to help us out with the Guyana pages. We would love your input. Let me know if you would be open to this and I'll send along a brief questionnaire.


Michael Landers
Director - Culture Crossing

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