Volunteer: Jay Thomas
Contributions from Jay Thomas
I Am Expressions My training for Peace Corps Iran was held in a small town south of Tehran. This was in 1973. I remember some of those days very well. Other days I remember only being less than well, spending a lot of time on squat toilets. Some things I don’t need to remember. Some memories just reappear in the oddest ways. One of the training exercises was to test our level of Farsi Language learning. I think it was also a test to help us discover for ourselves if the Peace Corps exp...
My January 14, 1997 journal entry is an award winner. I like it because of the five squiggly lines that cascade down the page from the middle of words. I shouldn’t be able to remember writing it but I have a vivid memory of laughing myself awake at the end of every squiggle. The entries just before 1-14-97 were a little arbitrary when it came to writing a date. I had a fixed date to write when I wrote the last entry in Washington, D.C. The fourth group of Peace Corps Trainees bound fo...
American Canvas and Malagasy Yarn Or Malagasy Yarn and American Canvas (It depends how you look at it.)
I wanted to bring back to America something I could show my family and friends. I knew that Returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ stories ware out quickly with those who have not had similar experiences so I wanted something people could see that would, perhaps, lead them to ask me questions. I had a piece of American needlepoint canvas with me. I remembered the amounts of free time I had had when I was a volunteer in Iran long before I went to Madagascar. Not having a TV really gives you lots...