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In This Issue: Spring 2006 Issue 11 
•   Volunteering: Does it really help?
•   SIGN UP NOW FOR SUMMER Volunteering & Internships
•   A Journey of the Soul - Doctor's poetic story of Thai/Tsunami service
•   Tanzania Fellowship Update
•   Life as a GSC Participant in Tanzania
•   Contact Us
Volunteering: Does it really help?
By Jan Taylor, recent Global Service Corps volunteer

You would have to be pretty soulless to remain unmoved by Africa’s current woes. Thanks to TV news, tales about Africans dying on an epic scale from famine, war and disease, seem to intrude almost daily into our comfortable lives here in the developed world. So what’s to be done?

We can lobby our politicians about Third World debt (while accepting that their actions are rarely altruistic and are never as `generous’ as they appear). Or we can give to charities (while wondering how much gets through to those who actually need it). But there is another option: you can cut out the middlemen and go to troubled countries direct, offering practical service as a volunteer. But this, too, presents dilemmas.

Earlier this year I fulfilled a lifelong ambition by spending a month as a volunteer in Tanzania.....

Continue Jan's story

Tanzania Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer in the Field
A Journey of the Soul - Doctor's poetic story of Thai/Tsunami service
Dr. Elizabeth A. Garcia-Gray joined our program last year during the Tsunami crisis. Volunteering in Thailand and providing crucial psychiatric service to the traumatized victims earned her the President's Service Award. Elizabeth's Thai experience gave her the skills to just recently lead medical service teams in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Poetically, incisively and emotionally, she tells us what it was like, the love she felt, and the lessons she learned.

A PSYCHIATRIST'S JOURNAL -
HER THAILAND MISSION PROJECT TRIP with GSC
By Elizabeth A. Garcia-Gray, MD

A Cultural and Psychiatric Immersion/Tsunami Relief

The Tsunami devastation shocked the world. Especially when it hit places and people who were innocently unprepared for the devastation. The countless number of lives lost all at once, and the children and families left behind and displaced, struck a resonating compassionate chord in many of our hearts. It certainly did in mine. (...)

In Emily Dickinson's “Not in Vain”, she sensitively described the hearts of volunteers around the world:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching
Or cool one pain
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain.

That was how I started this journey. It was a journey of the soul...

Continue Elizabeth's Story

Thailand/Tsunami Volunteer Psychiatrist
Life as a GSC Participant in Tanzania
By Michelle McKeever
At first, I couldn’t believe it. I was just in plain shock. It had to be there. My eyes scanned the room desperately. It was still missing. It may really be gone! (...) My pack and things had all been right there, against my chair, inches away from my foot, as I had intensely typed this outgoing email at the Internet Café. I had risked watching my pack to write the following. The email went:

Hi there Everyone!

We taught today out in a rural community - farmers who want the HIV education to train their communities. We held classes outside, under an awning. (By choice, I walked, like the villagers do, 7 km to get there.) In the afternoon, we taught another class to 15-20 yr old girls lucky enough to attend a vocational sewing program. With an estimated 30% HIV+ rate in this community, today was the "condom use" lesson. The students knew how important it was to learn about this, but they were so afraid. One girl was shaking, another one cried when she practiced putting a condom on the dark dildo. But what else can we do? We stress abstinence in our classes, but most women do not have the choice to abstain. Some are given away with a dowry. They’ll probably need to use condoms at some point.

After weeks volunteering in Arusha, I had such a wonderful weekend getaway - went on 2 safaris. I can't wait to show you the photos -- the Land Rover kept stopping for the herds of zebras on the road! I kept thinking of "The Lion King." I had to laugh at the skittish warthogs speeding across the path prancing off with their long stringy black tails straight up in the air. Oh, and we saw a large lion trying to mate -- but it appeared the female lioness had received some of our AIDS prevention training.
...

Continue Michelle's story

Tanzania Volunteers Celebrate with Local Women
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SCHEDULES FOR BOTH COUNTRIES

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TANZANIA:

June 19** .............. Jul 3* ................Jul 24
Aug 14 ................... Sep 4

*HIV/AIDS only **Sustainable Agriculture only

THAILAND:

Jun 16 .................. Jun 30 ................... July 14
Aug 4 ................... Sep 1 .................... Sep 29

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Thai School Children
Tanzania Fellowship Update
The Seeds of Sustenance (SOS) Fellowship Program is currently gearing up for the launch of the Third Bi-Annual Fellowship Program. Training will begin in July in Arusha, Tanzania. After two successful years of fellow placement and cooperation with our participating organization partners in East African development, we are looking forward to another year of education and capacity building in rural Tanzania. We will also be further expanding our HIV/AIDS, Nutrition and Agricultural programs throughout East Africa.

Hannah Reid, the SOS Program Coordinator in GSC’s San Francisco office, is busy recruiting the July 2006 “class” of fellows. This year’s pool of candidates is stunning – highly qualified both academically and professionally, and possessing extraordinary international experience, from working for the World Health Organization in Rwanda to volunteering with the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga. Needless to say, we are thrilled with the interest the SOS Program has generated this year. At the same time, we are not looking forward to the very difficult selection process.

Our current fellows in the field with participating organizations FAO, DAI and GSC-TZ, are almost too busy to check in, but report (when there is time) great progress in their work. Tara Bukow, a fellow with GSC Tanzania, is especially busy organizing GSC’s HIV/AIDS Youth Training Summer Day Camp for high school students in the Arusha area. The 300 local students currently signed up for the summer camp will be trained in HIV/AIDS prevention education by GSC fellows and volunteers, and will rejoin their fellow students next year as peer educators.

That’s all from SOS! Looking forward to a busy summer in Africa!

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