by WarrenHall Crain on April 7, 2013

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Most of you who are reading this know that for nearly twenty years I’ve spent about six months of every year in India. And, as you know, I consider both India and the United States my home countries.

Now my life is taking a very different turn into a completely new chapter. I’ve been accepted into the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer and will spend the next 27 months in The Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan). It has been an arduous process–completing many medical and dental requirements and filling out seemingly innumerable forms.

I have been eager and more than eager for this experience since the day, many months ago, when I first applied. I fly to Philadelphia on 14 April to meet other new Peace Corps Volunteers in an orientation session by US staff. Then on 17 April we check out of our Philadelphia hotel, take a bus to JFK Airport in New York, fly to Frankfurt, fly to Istanbul, fly to Bishkek, to be met by Peace Corps staff in the early morning of 19 April and begin three months of training before going to our assigned places in the country.

I will be teaching English in a university in one of the cities. Look forward to my next Despatch – probably something about my first days in the beautiful, mountainous country of the Kyrgyz people.

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pronoti sinha April 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Dear Warren
All the very best in this new adventurous step into the future! I am glad you are so excited about it and that you got what you wanted. We’ll look forward to your despatch and pics – this will be virtual enjoyment!!


Judie April 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Good to hear from you and the final plans. All the best–flight looks arduous, but once you get there, you can breathe and sleep I hope. We will look forward to all your dispatches. Judie


nirmal April 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Keep in touch and do tell us in words and pictures about Kyrgyz.
I think of you as very adaptable and easy to get along with and so I think you will do real well in Kyrgyz. Incidentally, what will your assignment be in Kyrgyz?


Ashoke Chatterjee April 9, 2013 at 1:09 am

Good luck, Warren. There have been Woodstockites in Kyrgyzstan — better check with Monica on who may be around there now. And when you get there, let me know. There are some wonderful craft activists there with strong India connections. Check the flights to Delhi, and see if you can hop across and share your experiences on the hillside and with the rest of us!


Gordon April 9, 2013 at 6:02 am

Warren, Sounds like a fun program and work. All the best. Gordon


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