Volunteer: Sean Fredericks
I am a current Peace Corps volunteer in the country of Georgia, serving until summer of 2012. A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided we were at a place in life where we were looking for something "different" than what could be offered back in the States. Peace Corps seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore the world, experience a different culture and make a difference in a developing country. So we left our comfortable life, good jobs and family & friends and moved halfway around the world to Georgia... and we don't regret it a bit.
So far, Peace Corps is the challenging-yet-rewarding experience we were hoping for. We are fortunate to be at an excellent post with a top-notch staff and support system.
If you want to find out more about our experiences in Georgia, we blog regularly at www.seanandmckinze.com.
Contributions from Sean Fredericks
In Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, Peace Corps volunteers McKinze Cook, Kelley Gallagher, Kimberly Tramel and Sean Fredericks, along with EVS and Teach-and-Learn-With-Georgia volunteers, worked together to create a peer education initiative group comprised of local teenagers. These young people received a series of trainings about HIV and AIDS, then used that information to design a comprehensive campaign to increase awareness in their community. On World AIDS Day, December 1, the initiative group took...
An amazing fireworks display in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, ringing in 2011. Families all over town launched fireworks into the sky that they had bought from street vendors the week before. More at www.seanandmckinze.com.
A short walking tour through a typical Georgian bazaar. Note the ubiquitous dead chickens on a table - not something you normally see back in the States! More videos and pictures at www.seanandmckinze.com.
Kids, art and community-building in Kvibisi, the small village where we spent our Pre-Service Training.