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El Comercio Article About Swearing In…

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National newspaper, el Comercio, put together an article on December 1, about our swearing in last month and suprisingly decided to feature the Galbavy pair (w/ Prom Type Photo).  Read through the article labeled: Young Hands Impel/drive Development in Communities..  (below)

El Comercio- Swearing In Peru 20 pg 1El Comercio-Swearing In Peru 20 pg 2Go Figure…



Written by galbavy

December 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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  1. Eddie-

    I love seeing your updates. Hope y’all have a very Merry Christmas.

    Tip McKnight

    Tip McKnight

    December 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    • Fun to keep everyone up to speed with life down here, glad you like it…Merry Christmas to you too and the Fam.


      December 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

  2. Look at that: There for a few months and you’re famous already. 🙂


    December 17, 2012 at 12:40 am

  3. Translated per me:

    Young Hands help the development in communities
    The married couple, the Galbavy’s, along with 56 other volunteers are new volunteers in Peace Corps.

    “Public service is for us. We would rather be here than in the army”, says Edward Galbavy while participating in the official photo.

    Edward received hugs and smile, said hi to others, and then would smile again. It happened many times, in two languages.

    Despite that his Spanish is not perfect yet, this 35 year old Unite States citizen understands a lot very well. And he has reasons to do so: his wife, Andrea of 29 years old, is also one of the 56 new Peace Corps volunteers from the Unites States of America that just accomplished the swearing in ceremony in front of Ambassador, Rose M. Likins at her residence.

    A modest and solemn act, the new volunteers promise to deliver 2 years of their life to serve a community in Peru. The Galbavys, for example, will live in the community of Molinopampa in Chachapoyas. Edward is a specialist in Environmental themes and will commit to the area of sanitation and healthy homes. Andrea, a nurse by profession, will help in the theme of health. “We are excited to officially be volunteers. We want to work with water sanitation in the community”, says Andrea.

    “It’s not common to see a married couple in the Peace Corps” explains a United States embassy public official in Lima. But it’s a situation that can be granted.

    The majority of the volunteers that are nominated to be United States Peace Corps volunteers are young professionals that have fulfilled their academic goals. Their service is required as much as one African suburb like one community in Central Asia and it’s mission was to be able to be included in one word: development. Contributing to the development of the community where they serve.

    The program was created a half of century ago by President John F. Kennedy. Operating since the beginning in Peru, until the government under General Juan Velasco Alvarado ejected the volunteers from the country. It was recently under the government of Alejandro Toledo when Peace Corps was received again.

    In the Ambassadors backyard, as the protocol, the new volunteers leave with the locals. The Peruvian families house the young people for 10 months while they are preparing to be a volunteer. It’s a stage to travel and get to know the country.

    For Ambassador Likins, the reception to the volunteers reflected a good connection between the young people and the locales. “They are received in a typical Peruvian fashion and is very caring”, she says, before highlighting the work to be done in the communities.

    “A lot of work in the schools and the force of the housework”, details Likins.

    In the other corner of the residence, the married couple looks more relaxed, perhaps thinking about updating their blogs to log their daily service.

    “Finally, we are volunteers. Now we just need to start” you read later in a blog of one of the two, just to the side of a photo that said “Our Improved cooking Stove. Pilpichacha, Cusco”.

    (Mistakes of article: training is 10 weeks, not 10 months. The last paragraph referencing the blogs is incorrect. We did not write that.)


    December 18, 2012 at 2:36 am

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