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Train from Guayaquil to Quito Rises Again

Train from Guayaquil to Quito Rises Again

From CNN:

Trains in Ecuador have been virtually moribund since the late 1990s.

“Strong winter rains of El Niño in 1982 destroyed a stretch of the railroad between Huigra and Bucay,” says Slav Ivanov of Ferrocariles del Ecuador, the train’s operators. “Further damage occurred during El Niño floods during the 1990s.”

‪By 2008, only about 10% of the Ecuadorian train network was operational.

Since then, the Ecuadorean government has spent some $280 million revamping the national railway. ‬ Read More »

Alto Coca Reserve Threatened by Power Line

Alto Coca Reserve Threatened by Power Line

The Alto Coca reserve that we have written about before is threatened by a power line. A week ago Mark Thurber and friends were soliciting letters of support from friends. I’ll try to post an update in the future. Here is the note they sent around in Spanish about what was going on. Read More »

Ecuador’s Volcanoes from Space

Ecuador’s Volcanoes from Space

Reprinted from Gizmodo:

It may look more like modern art, but you’re actually looking at a the highlands of Ecuador seen from the European Space Agency’s Envisat. The peaks pretty much face the satellite, so the radar signals it sends out are reflected right back, resulting in the strong, bright signals you see.

Near the top of the images you can see the outskirts of Quito — one of the highest capital cities in the world — as a series of white dots. Elsewhere, what looks like white glaciers at the peaks of mountains are in fact artefacts of radio data

Peace Corps Week – February 23rd to March 1st

Peace Corps Week – February 23rd to March 1st

This is reprinted from the Peace Corps website.

Peace Corps Week celebrates President Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. During this annual event, the Peace Corps community celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps makes a difference at home and abroad and renews its commitment to service.

This year, Peace Corps invites current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers to get involved in Peace Corps Week 2014 by participating in our Video Challenge and/or Classroom Challenge. Each challenge, designed to support Peace Corps’ Third Goal of sharing other cultures with Americans, starts on January 1 and continues through the end of Peace Corps Week on March 1. Follow the link to learn how you can participate in one or both of these exciting efforts.

Peace Corps Week – PCV Ecuador Video

Peace Corps Week – PCV Ecuador Video

Peace Corps week just ended March 1, and PCV Kyle King posted a pretty cool video of his experiences in Ecuador, which of course made me nostalgic. Check it out.

 

Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce

Mary Weick-Brady brings us another recipe, following on her earlier recipes for hot chocolate and use of parsley. Who did not have peanut sauce when they lived in Ecuador?  Here’s a great recipe for that peanut sauce that will bring back many memories.
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Peace Corps Connect Gathering in Nashville in June 2014

Peace Corps Connect Gathering in Nashville in June 2014

NPCA is very excited to be hosting Peace Corps Connect – 2014 in Nashville, TN with the great support of the Tennessee Returned Peace Corps Volunteers!

For those of you on Facebook, be sure to check out the fun aspects of Nashville hospitality.

The preliminary summary of events for June 20th and 21st is as follows:
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Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

Dear Friends of Peace Corps,

I am writing to you as an RPCV from Peru 2004-2006. I am currently working at The Rotary Foundation with the Rotary Peace Fellowship Program. We have just completed a successful round of our Rotary Peace Centers fellow selection for 2013-14 and are starting recruitment for the 2014-15 selection. I wanted to reach out to you for help with recruitment—for RPCVs, PCVs and HCNs in volunteers’ sites and in the PC office. Over the past ten years, Rotary Peace Centers has provided over 700 future peace leaders with peace and conflict resolution education and field experience. Our alumni work all over the world with organizations ranging from grassroots peace initiatives in Africa to the United Nations. In an effort to reach out to more qualified candidates all over the world, Rotary is reaching out peace-related organizations and asking them to post our fellowship opportunity to their websites, social media, listservs or newsletters. This is such an incredible opportunity for RPCVs and for leaders in their community. Read More »

USAID to leave Ecuador

USAID to leave Ecuador

This will not affect Peace Corps Ecuador (in fact one group is COSing in January and another is arriving), but here is some pretty startling news out of Ecuador:

The US Agency for International Development says it plans to leave Ecuador amid an impasse with the government, just six months after the agency was kicked out of Bolivia, in what analysts say is another sign of the waning US influence in the region. Read More »

Last chance – Peace Corps Ecuador Calendars and Update

Last chance – Peace Corps Ecuador Calendars and Update

2014 Peace Corps Ecuador calendars are for sale through the end of this week. For those of you who have ordered calendars, volunteers returning home to visit family over the holidays are mailing them in the coming days. Support the work of Peace Corps Ecuador with your purchase of these full-size color calendars featuring pictures taken by current volunteers. Proceeds go to support small project grants and volunteer activities funded through the Volunteer Advisory Council in Ecuador. Past grants have been awarded for the installation of water systems, creation of community libraries, as well as providing start-up capital for numerous other small-scale sustainable projects. Calendars are $10 each. Shipping costs are $5 for each individual order up to 5 calendars to a single address. Calendars can only be shipped within the U.S. Please allow 2-8 weeks for delivery. Contact foe@friendsofecuador.org if you have any questions about your order.

12/15/13 Update. Sales have ended.If you click on the link below, you can buy calendars either through PayPal or if you don’t have a PayPal account, click on the link that says “Don’t Have a PayPal Account.” That should take you to a page where you can enter your Creditcard info.