Many volunteers aren’t enjoying their jobs

I kind of took a week off from working on my Peace Corps appeal. Mostly because I’ve been spending my time at my dad’s office helping his company update its website. It’s been a great distraction and I have enjoyed the work. But it has also distracted me from my job search, which is becoming a growing necessity.

Once the site launches, I’m sure I’ll post a link to it and add it to my online portfolio.

Another reason for my lack of Peace Corps postings this week is the simple fact that I haven’t heard from them. I still have not received a response regarding my request to receive a new assignment. I also haven’t heard anything about my application for their webmaster position. But I’ll keep you posted if I do.

I did receive an email from one of the Georgetown volunteers. Here is her update:

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 05:45:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Hidden
Subject: dead kittens and field hockey


Hey! What’s up these days? Any news on the peace corps interview? Did you get one?

I’m doing a little better since the last time I wrote. Time still goes by slowly, but I’m trying to make the best of it.

Did I tell you that my kittens died? Yup, after one week. I have no idea what happened. I think they were sick when I got them. I was pretty upset about it for a few days–mostly feeling guilty–but then I realized I didn’t do anything wrong. It sucked.

So anyway, I have another volunteer’s cat now. She’s an adult, so I don’t think I can kill her. You never know I guess:) Frankly, I’d rather have no pets. But the mice scare the hell out of me.

My job is going well. Actually, I love my job. This is a huge deal because so many volunteers aren’t enjoying their jobs. At least I have something to look forward to during the week. Sure I face the typical Peace Corps frustrations they warn you about: lack of resources, rigid structures, etc., but I enjoy the challenge and I like working with all women. There’s kind of a homey atmosphere to the place, albeit kind of “bitchy” at times.

I’ve also started playing field hockey with three other volunteers. It’s really fun. I didn’t realize how much I missed being on a team. We have practice three nights a week. It’s also nice because I can be out at night without feeling like I’m going to get assaulted at any minute.

Thanks for the great update. The funny thing is that I think that you now have the cat that was going to be living with me. Did it have a name, or was it just called CAT?