Letters to the Peace Corps DC office

Some of my fellow colleagues in Guyana have written a few letters to the Peace Corps DC office regarding my termination. Others have also been asking me who they can send letters to, should they decide to do so. This weekend, I plan on adding a page to my site that will give a list of various people and organizations that will help you with this process.

In the meantime, here is the Peace Corps’ instructions regarding who should receive letters about my departure.

— ?Frola, Kimberly? wrote:
From: “Frola, Kimberly” [email protected]
To: current volunteer
Subject: RE: Could you help us?
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 10:22:11 -0400

Hi [Hidden Name]! My apologies for just returning the message. I had planned to come in over the week-end to catch up on e-mails, but that did not happen. I do remember you from my ever so brief period in Guyana. I had such a lovely time and enjoyed getting to meet your group, especially since I had been in previous e-mail contact with many of you.

As you said, though, I too am sorry to hear that there have been difficulties between the PCVs and the CD. Thank you for thinking of us on the Country Desk Unit as a resource. The letters you refer to below can be sent to Country Desk Officer Rita Jimenez at [email protected]. (You can cc me on them if you would like.) CDO Jimenez will then compile them and discuss them with the appropriate regional senior staff.

Should anyone want to send copies via fax to Rita’s attention, the fax number is 202-692-2501. The mailing address is: Peace Corps, South America Desk Unit, 1111 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20526.

Despite the issues with the CD, I do hope that you and the rest of your group are settling in well at your sites. Please send my greetings to all.

Take care!


—–Original Message—–
From: current volunteer
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 12:49 PM
To: Frola, Kimberly
Subject: Could you help us?

Good afternoon Kim!

I hope you remember me from your visit to Guyana so you can put a name with a face. This is [Hidden Name] (a boat paddler on the brief excursion downstream, on “culture day”.), a recently sworn in volunteer. I wish my reason for contacting you was to look back fondly on that time, but unfortunately current events have embittered me to make a request.

We have had several conflicts with our country director, Earl Brown, from the onset of our training; and the recent situation with one of our fellow colleagues has forced us to voice official complaints. In light of this, nowhere in the volunteer handbook states who we are supposed to contact in reference to voicing concerns about our country director. I know you’re a busy woman, but I was hoping you could at least point me in the right direction.

I’ll be passing this information along to other Guy 9 and 10 volunteers who have letters written (an email address would be great, as not many of us have access to typewriters-a hand written copy might be a bit sloppy). I appreciate all your assistance in this matter. Enjoy your weekend!

Current Volunteer