Volunteer: Edwin Staples
Spouse Rachel Tausend and I served in the Solomon Islands as Rural Community Education volunteers, 1993-1995, then took an extension transfer to Suriname, and worked as Volunteer Sector Coordinators for SUR 1 and SUR 2, 1995-1996.
Contributions from Edwin Staples
We waited for a few months for our house to be built; during that time we felt isolated because the temporary digs were not equipped with a verandah, which we noticed quickly was important to every house. All social activity, communication, news-telling and decision-making took place there. When the house was complete and the full-length verandah went into use, Rachel and began our Peace Corps service in earnest.