Jeff Jackson

Volunteer: Jeff Jackson

Bio:

Born and raised in Minnesota and educated in Wisconsin.  Currently serving in Surin, Thailand and loving it.

2011 - 2013


Contributions from Jeff Jackson

  1. Thailand I thought that's what I just said

    Today I felt like Inspector Clouseau. It happens every day.  I know the Thai word.  I say the Thai word correctly, or so I think.  Just the other day I was asking a store owner if she had a Thailand flag.  I asked if she had a “tong”.  She looked at me in confusion.  I repeated the word: tong.  She still had no idea what I was talking about.  I even said I was looking for a Thailand “tong”.  No go.  I eventually found her Thailand flag hanging and pointed to it. Her face brightened and ...

  2. Thailand I have become a dharma bum

    “Hopping a freight train out of Los Angeles at high noon one day in late September 1955 I got on a gondola and lay down with my duffel bag under my head and my knees crossed and contemplated the clouds as we rolled north to Santa Barbara.” Jack Kerouac ruined my life – or saved it.  I’m still trying to figure that out.  At the completely ignorant age of 18, Anoka-Ramsey Community College had the audacity to ask me what I’d like to study.  “They tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years ...

  3. Thailand Thai-napped

    Volunteers were warned about how different the concept of time is in Thailand.  We were told things moved slower and at a more easy-going pace.  They didn’t tell us this also pertains to Thai notification. Many volunteers are finding out Thais aren’t keen on letting volunteers know when they’re about to go somewhere.  I’ve heard countless stories of a volunteer happily sitting in their room enjoying the quiet when a member of their host family will come in and say, “C’mon, it’s time to go,” ...

  1. Thailand Crazy parade

    This was taken at a parade in Ratanaburi, Surin.  The parade was for the upcoming rocket festival.  What this man is doing and representing, I don't know.  But that's half the fun of Peace Corps - figuring out what's going on around you.

  2. Thailand Peace + C

    This is myself, right, and my friend and fellow volunteer, Dev, after the swearing-in ceremony.  Get it?

  3. Thailand Telling me how it is

    My host mom is a very sweet and caring person.  However, she doesn't look it in this photo.  She was trying to get a point across and I wasn't understanding what she was saying.  Shortly after this photo was taken, she playfully hit me on the arm, laughed and walked away. 

  4. Thailand Excited to see a "farang"

    My first day at school, the kids went wild when they saw a "farang" (foreigner) arrive.  Those who weren't supervised by teachers ran out of the classrooms to get a look.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.