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Hi, I’m Brendan!

Who am I?

I’m a class of 2011 graduate of the College of William & Mary in my home state of Virginia. I majored in History, completed a minor in Management & Organizational Leadership, and studied almost everything else in between. I have a penchant for volunteer work that has gotten me involved in a wide variety of projects and landed me with the Peace Corps as my next step in life.

What am I doing?
I spent roughly two years as an education volunteer in the town of Bani in the Dominican Republic. My primary project was to tackle the Education sector’s three goals: improving student literacy and achievement, improving teaching practices, and involving the community in education.  I worked on a literacy pull-out program with a third grade class, facilitated training workshops for my teachers, and helped with meetings of parent groups.  Outside of my Education projects, I facilitated a boys’ group called Yo Soy Superman, taught a small English class, and worked on improving adult literacy through the national literacy project, Quisqueya Aprende Contigo.

Now, I’m extending for a third year in Santo Domingo to work as the volunteer leader for the education sector. I’ll be visiting volunteers, developing sites, facilitating trainings, and also heading up the national teacher training initiative, Escojo Enseñar.

What’s this blog all about?
The Peace Corps works towards three goals:
1) To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2) To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3) To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
This blog is my way of working towards the Third Goal. I hope that by following this blog, everyone back home will learn a bit about the Dominican Republic’s culture, people, and history, as well as what I actually do for my job.  It’s not all coffee and mangoes (although a lot of it is!).

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Fields permalink
    January 19, 2012 1:37 AM

    Brendan, Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures in the DR. The blog looks great.

  2. Penny Rasmussen permalink
    April 8, 2012 9:10 AM

    Hi Brendan,
    I just got the info about your blog from your Mom on Friday so had to catch up! I read all your posts just now in one swell foop – er, fell swoop. But really, it was “swell” reading and I look forward to the next installment. I’m so proud of you.
    Love, Penny

  3. April 24, 2012 6:59 AM

    Brendan – soy un amigo de tu padre…muchos anos ayer, trabajamos a Nextel.

    Buena suerte con tu tiempo en DR y todas las personas quienes encuentran.

    este trabajo “NO ES FACIL” jajajajaja – pero es importante en las vidas de todos.

    voy a leer que escribes y espero lo mejor para ti y tus companeros.

    John

  4. John permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:12 AM

    Hey Brendan – What type of service work are you doing in Bani and who are you working with locally? I have a group of high school students that want to do a service learning trip, so let me know if you need any help!

  5. October 10, 2014 10:42 AM

    Your work is very admirable, and i wish you the best of luck. My fan is actually from the DR, a town close to Bani. Im in college taking a spanish media class, but im also a bio major, so i love service and helping others. but in regards to my media class i have to write and those from the DR have to read my articles so i can get an A. so if you could take a look at my weekly posts id appreciate it. This week’s link is:https://laschicasdelmundo.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/juevesdechisme-sentencia-version-reality/

    Goodluck with everything!

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