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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Art Classes & Painting Part 2 (Approved)


So after numerous drafts, a massive budget reduction due, a time restriction, my PC VAST proposal has been approved.


Now starts my final project here in Swaziland.

So the plan & some details how I got the approval.

The original idea was a 7 day art class with HIV/AIDS sessions mixed in the the students would learn art & HIV & then at the end get to paint an art piece on one of the Social Centers. Plus, a world Map started by a PCV from 2005 that has sat unfinished til very soon. Plus, the Centers were getting complete new paint jobs.

Well the idea is still the same but due to a time technicality (we are not allowed to open large new new projects within the last 5 months of our service). So the budget had to be reduced to the acceptable number which was about 75% less then the original plan. So I went from a project completely painting 2 Social Centers with art work & fresh paint & 25 students getting 7 days of art classes to painting a world map & just one Center, 2 days of classes & only 15 students.

It does make life easier, but would have preferred the bigger project.

So next week the planning starts.



  1. Hello: On the day the teacher wish to express my heartfelt admiration for the people who dedicate their lives to the commendable and difficult task of teaching others. Congratulations!

  2. Hopefully there will be other PCVs coming later who will be able to continue and complete the rest of the Social Centers and art classes. :)