Aaron in Azerbaijan

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Returned PCVs from Azerbaijan in the News

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Looks like an RPCV from Azerbaijan has landed back on American soil and run straight to the papers, blabbing all about Peace Corps service and Azerbaijan.  I didn’t know Bonnie very well, but I guess that’s why we have Mike Connell telling the story from Port Huron, Michigan:

In its Azerbaijan chapter, the CIA Factbook reports: “Although the poverty rate has been reduced in recent years … the promise of widespread wealth resulting from the continued development of Azerbaijan’s energy sector remains largely unfulfilled.”

Campbell found it a land of contradictions, a place where trash is not picked up and cell calls are not dropped. On the pothole-pocked streets of Ganja, she spotted three Bentleys and remarked it was three more than she would be apt to see in Port Huron.

The article does a good job of weaving in the history of Peace Corps and some truths about Peace Corps service and Azerbaijan.  Bonnie, herself, probably supplies the most important parts of article:

“Every Peace Corps volunteer has a story that’s different…When you travel to a country for a couple of weeks, you get the hors d’oeuvres,” she said, repeating an observation made by another volunteer. “With the Peace Corps, you get the whole banquet.”

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January 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

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