My big project, Finishing the Ward 4 AMICAALL/Nhlangano Town Council Social Center, the PCPP


Peace Corps Partnership Proposal (PCPP) with the Nhlangano Town Council (NTC)

First application draft submitted Feb, 2011
Approved & Funding Begins on PC website May 17th
Construction started on Oct 24th.
All exterior construction done by Dec 20th.
Grand Opening Jan 5th, 2012
Round 2 of the Funding arrives in early January.
Interior Only Construction Restarts Jan 16th.
Construction all done Feb 16th (minus a million tiny To Do's)
Project Officially Closed May 4th, 2012

Let the children play, learn & be safe.

As of Aug 25th, 2012, I am no longer a PCV, I am now RPCV (Return Peace Corps Volunteer). This blog is my experience in Swaziland between June of 2010 & Aug of 2012. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Cross the border back into Swaziland, my home.  it was very weird to cross a border into a country that is not America and thinking of it as home.

I make my way to the Ezelwini Valley in Swaziland. This is the tourist area where game parks attract thousands of visitors to Swaziland. The homes are big and nice, there are 5 star hotels, lots of great backpacker hotel, a casino and a BRAND NEW MOVIE THEATER.

Swaziland, a country of only 1 million people did not even have a signal movie theater in the country. NOT ONE. Until 2 weeks before Christmas when this one just opened. It is only 4 screens but with stadium seating, great sound, some technical problems with focus and framing on the projector but nothing terrible. To be sitting in a seat in the movie theater again WAS THE BEST. I have always joked that if I had choose between giving up work on movies and seeing movies in the theater, I would retire right away, well I did that back in June and since then hadn’t been in a theater. And I would bet that this 7 months of no movie theater viewings is longest of my movie viewing life, which pretty much started at age 6 with Star Wars in 1977. I know for a fact it is the longest since high school, no doubt. (My personal record is 5 movies in a day and 8 over 2 days)

And the first film I saw is Unstoppable, a film I almost went out to PA to work on, I know many of the names in the credits and it was the perfect film to see as my first in Swaziland cause it rocks. Then the next one was Life As We Know It, a very entertaining film. I then walked over to the Casino won 100 Rand on the roulette table (Texas Hold ‘em is not I repeat not popular hear so there was only the machines, roulette and blackjack.

Then went to sleep at an awesome backpackers.

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