Fun With AcronymsAs many of you know, Peace Corps is all about acronyms (even more than at Valpo, if you can believe it). I've explained some of them to some of you, but I figured I'd let you all in on the acronym fun. So, below is a list of acronyms that are commonly used in Peace Corps and ones that I'll be using a lot more once I start my new position in September. Remember to take notes, as there will be a test at a later date:
PC= Peace Corps. That one's simple enough.
PCT= Peace Corps Trainee. This is the title given to volunteers during their training. They then become:
PCV= Peace Corps Volunteer. After 3 months of training, there is a swearing-in ceremony where all PCTs become PCVs.
PST= Pre-Service Training. This is the 3 months of training that all trainees receive before starting their work in their country. During these 3 months, they all live with host families in both small and large communities. Five or six trainees will live in the same community and attend daily language classes and other training sessions together.
LCF= Language and Cultural Faciliator. These are basically our language teachers during PST. They live in the communities with the PCTs and give them their daily language classes as well as serve as a cultural facilitator, helping PCTs adjust to their new surroundings.
HCN= Host Country National. It's the what we call all natives citizens, regardless of ethnicity.
TCF= Technical and Cultural Facilitator. This is what I'm going to be. TCFs train the PCTs in their field of work, in my case, teaching English. They also serve as cultural facilitators and will probably be a sounding board for all cultural frustrations that the PCTs have.
MAK 10= The name of the group of newbies who are coming. We all come in groups and are numbered in the order that we come. I'm in MAK 8
TEFL= Teaching English as a Foreign Language. One of the three sector in which we work here in Macedonia. In case you all forgot, it's my sector as well. Pretty self-explanitory, but we all work in schools, either primary or secondary. Most of us team teach with other native teachers, but now a new law has been passed that allows foreigners to teach on their own, so more volunteers will be responsible for starting English language programs in schools that don't have them.
EEM= Environmental Education and Management. The second of the three sectors, and unfortunately the smallest. Most of these volunteers work in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that focus on the environment, although they could also work in schools to help the environmental education.
MUN/NGO= Municipality and Non-Governmental Organization. The last of the sectors. There are a few volunteers who are working with local municipalities, although the chunk of them are working with NGOs.
Below are a few pics from my 2nd camp in Mavravo:
Here's a view of the lake at sunset from right outside the hotel.
This is most of the group at this really cool ampitheatre in Galicnik, which is this awesome little village near Mavravo.