Volume 11, April 2013
Alex Bok, a health 4 volunteer, is a drug cartel member that joined peace corps to hide from her friend-enemies. Her drug of choice was sugar. Before moving to Rwanda, she chose to sell snickers bars and 3 musketeers at lower then retail prices and had a large base operations making and distributing counterfeit chocolate in the South.
Arielle Mancuso hails from the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada with an honors degree in International Development Studies and Biochemistry (don’t ever ask her why). As an avid traveler and student of the world, she decided to sign up for the ultimate experience, Peace Corps, when she finished school and didn’t know what else to do. For over two years, she lived in the small town of Kiramuruzi in the Eastern Province and worked for Plan International in Rwanda, managing and providing support to projects targeting children and youth. She enjoys sewing and also spent the last two years creating an igitenge wardrobe by hand. Look for her in Kigali; she usually stands out dressed in one of her handmade outfits.
Christine Hooyman is a Health 3 volunteer, living in Nyamagabe district. Christine graduated from American University with a degree in Globalization and Justice and Advanced Leadership Studies. While she only has a handful of months left in Rwanda, she hopes to announce umuganda with a loudspeaker from the pickup truck throughout her sector before she leaves.
Elisabeth J Turner is an Ed 4 PCV, placed at E.S. Murunda in Rutsiro District. Hailing from California and New York, she studied education policy and peace education and enjoys discussing the development goals of Rwanda and systemic differences between it and America with her Rwandan friends. When she‘s not learning Rwandan church songs on the guitar, she can be found teaching her-self how to cook or chasing the neighbor‘s chickens out of her house.
Ella Robinson is an education 3 PCV who has become an unintentional cat collector. She has now had 8 cats in-country (all at different times); Binx, Emily Rose, Boo, Templeton, Toothless, Cat, Rags, and Rajah. She does not intend on having anymore, but that has not stopped her in the past. While keeping a wary eye on the animals she co-habitats with she enjoys playing guitar, dancing solo, and teaching kids in her neighborhood how to do the Cha-Cha-Slide. It is also very probable that she wants Cheetos in the exact moment that you are reading this.
Joey Anchondo is an education 4 volunteer serving the Rusizi District. A graduate of Seattle University's school of journalism, Joey has worked for several news outlets and his photography has appeared in over a dozen publications, news websites and galleries. He hopes that he has more opportunities to use his photography to promote the work of volunteers while serving in Rwanda. Before joining Peace Corps, he spent a year parasailing through the seventh circle of hell, and racing camels in Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
Matthew Beamer, an education 2 RPCV, hails from Casper, Wyoming, where he grew up with two younger brothers and a younger sister. After earning degrees in Math and French at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and loafing for a year, he joined the
Peace Corps, ready for anything.
Megan Haggerty Foster is a health 3 PCV from Oregon. Her site is Kitabi in Nyamagabe district, right outside of the rain forest. She likes macaroni and cheese filled packages, taking an excessive number of pictures, and wandering.
Miranda Hyslop-Garza is a part time pirate who raids the seas and if inclined the Oceans. She is a health 4 volunteer who likes French fries and beer. She is from the mid west which is why a career in piracy is an amazing accomplishment. She is an inspiration to all women that want to achieve individualism.
Nick McClure of education 3, hails from Arizona, a place where there are infinitely fewer baboons than his site near Nyungwe Forest. Despite the monkeys, he loves living in Nyamagabe District where he teaches adult students at a conservation college.
Sara Gaul is an Education 3 volunteer living in Gatore Sector, Kirehe District. Gatore is known for bananas and mud. And there sure is a lot of both, especially in the rainy season. We have coined her site as banana-land. She wrote a story for SOMA about how much she loves bananas, and since then she has eaten way too many bananas that her stomach has started rejecting them. So she has really calmed down quite a bit in her banana-eating. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended Duquesne University for journalism.