» Download Audio
Jen & Sharrin, Life After Peace Corps
J: Hello everyone! I'm Jody! Welcome to American Cafe! Hey Yang Chen, what's that you're reading?
J: Let me see.
J: The Peace Corps?
J: You're thinking of joining the Peace Corps？
J: Well, I'm not surprised ...Yang Chen, it's really hard work.
J: Don't forget it's volunteer work.
Y: So? 我本来就经常做义工啊！再说了，我现在觉得生活有点平淡，想找点刺激，我想去冒险。
J: Everyone wants excitement and adventure. But before you sign that contract, let's talk to our friends Jen & Sharrin. They were Peace Corps volunteers for one year in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa.
Y: 噢，对! Jen和Sharrin曾经参加和平队，到过科特迪瓦。咦？可是她们为什么只在那儿待了一年呢？
J: Well, they ran into a little problem in Cote d'Ivoire ... something about an attempted coup d'etat.
J: A real coup.
J: Soldiers, guns - the whole nine yards. Not really what you would call a safe environment.
J: In fact, Jen and Sharrin were evacuated to the neighboring country of Ghana.
J: First let's hear from Jen.
实录1: Jen: There was an attempted coup d'etat in Cote d'Ivoire. Peace Corps, of course, took us out. It wasn't a safe environment. So, we were evacuated to a neighboring country - Ghana. From there we waited about two weeks to see if it would blow over. It turned out it wasn't safe enough. So from there we closed out our service for Peace Corp.
Y: Jen说她们当时撤到加纳，还在那儿待了两个星期，因为她们不知道动乱会不会blow over. Blow over我想在这里，就是结束或者消失的意思，是吧？
J: Exactly. After two weeks the danger did not blow over. So, Jen & Sharrin closed out their service with the Peace Corps.
J: That's right. You know, according to Jen, trouble would pop up frequently and then be fine the next day. But this time trouble popped up and did not blow over. Again here's Jen.
实录2: Jen: Problems would pop up but they would be fine the next day. So everyone thought it'd be fine the next day. When I left, I don't know what Sharrin thought, but when I left I thought I'd be returning back. So, I thought for sure I'd be back later on to say "Bye" for good or just to return and finish my service.
J: Actually, for both Jen and Sharrin the hardest part of being evacuated was not being able to say goodbye to people and having a lack of closure. You know, a definite ending. Now, let's hear from Sharrin.
实录3: Sharrin: I think it was really hard just because I had all these plans and everything for what I was going to be doing. And I didn't say goodbye really to anybody; so, there was a definite lack of closure. And I think that was the hardest part of the evacuation - was just no closure at all.
J: Aw come on! Where's your sense of adventure? I know the attempted coup, the evacuation, not being able to say goodbye to friends - all that would be hard but ...
J: But think of the all the great memories that comes from being in the Peace Corps. Now let's hear from Sharrin and Jen talk about the rewards.
实录4: Sharrin: I think for me it was just the hospitality and the welcoming of the people in the different communities we lived in. Jen: The hospitality was a big thing, but for me it was also really amazing to be able to go through a training period and become conversational in the language and to become independent.
J: Yang Chen, joining the Peace Corps is a big decision. You really should think about it a little bit more.
Y: Okay, okay，我会仔细的考虑的。不过我确实是佩服Jen和Sharrin.
J: I admire them as well. Thanks for joining us today at American Cafe.