Starting in August 2012 I took on the position of Work Zone Leader of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Kaffrine and Kougheul regions of Senegal. I stay up-to-date on all the work activities of the 21 PCVs in the Kaffrine region in order to foster beneficial work partnerships among them and other work zones. I do this through periodic meetings and I report back to Peace Corps programming leadership on new site suggestions and ways to improve communicaion throughout the entire body of Peace Corps Senegal We represent five different work sectors so it is valuable to maintain communication in order to combine skills and share ideas. I compile the information on current volunteers to be sure new volunteers as well as the Peace Corps administration have up to date information about everyone in the region. I also take new volunteer site suggestinos and visit sites in order to determine if they will be suitable places for volunteers to live and make fulfilling work connections.
In February 2013 I presented a Work Zone Action Plan I created to Peace Corps leadership and will be updating the action plan to include the suggestions of all PCVs in the work zone periodically.
I have participated in the training of fellow volunteers during the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in June 2012 and at the In-Service Training of agriculture PCVs in February 2013. I designed and implemeted session plans and hands-on training experiences in the subjects of Conservation Agriculture, The System of Rice Intensification, Field Preparation in Senegal, and Chemical Fertilizer Best Practices. I also assisted on sessions for traînées in Permaculture, Integrated Pest Management, and Chemical Pesticide Best Practices.
Regional Editor of PCV Newsletter
As of June 2012 I became the Kaolack area regional editor of the Sabaar, a just-for-PCV variety newsletter containing fun features on PCVs and their work, comedy pieces, a poetry contest, etc. I also have a recurring health/comedy column on the many bodily issues which may plague the common PCV.