Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Osh, Kyrgyzstan: New Job

After three weeks of unemployment as a Peace Corps Volunteer (boy, I never thought I’d say that), I found an exciting new job that will allow me to remain in Osh. The job is with Osh State University’s fledgling American Center. Opened in December of 2004, The American Center was set-up to function as a stepping stone towards creating an American Studies Department.

I will assist with project design, implementation and resource procurement. Additionally, I will teach a course/debate club on American Culture. I look forward to working with university students in this capacity and I believe that many of the skills I gained while working at the Human Rights & Democracy Center will transfer to this new position.

I already sense that I will be kept busy at my new job. On Friday, June 24th, I will facilitate a culture club on foreign policy. This week's topic of "foreign policy" was selected by the students and the culture club will be a weekly event. In addition to facilitating the culture club, I have been asked to assist with a two day seminar on grant writing (the first week of July) and a three day seminar on “Academic Writing” (the second week of July)...I am beginning to realize that talking and teaching about these activities is very different than engaging in them...I look forward to the new challenge...Wish me luck.

Larry Tweed


  • That rocks Larry! Good luck on that! If my wife and I are placed in Kyrgyzstan, we'd love to see your progress! We hope to find out our PC placement this week! Wish us luck.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:27 PM  

  • absolutely best of luck, from myself and, i'm sure, from the dearly departed volunteer i'm closest to.

    By Blogger jb, At 2:59 AM  

  • I found your site by chance, looking into some info about OSH. I have a suggestion, if you are really interested in peace, learn Transcendental Meditation. You have there, in the very heart of Osh, a fantastic transcendental meditation teacher: Ruslan Saitov. Check him out. Teach this to all your students, if you can, it is just fantastic!
    Keep on going, working for peace on earth. Jai Gurudev!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:45 PM  

  • Good luck with your new job.
    I wish you all the best with your progress in your work and hope that you wouldn't find difficult to cope with your new post but more in love with Osh...
    You are doing great job...

    By Blogger Ashirgul, At 5:09 PM  

  • Good Luck with your new job
    Best Wishes

    By Blogger Ashirgul, At 5:10 PM  

  • Larry, my name is David McArdle. I stumbled upon your blog. I am a Scottish postgrad student - law my undergrad, Russian language my postgrad. I am visiting Bishkek in 3 weeks for for just under a month and im interested in visiting Osh for a weekend. Moreover i want to specialise in Minority Protection and Human Rights. I have a few questions i'd like to ask and would really appreciate it if you could reply. My only concern with visiting Osh is how i would get there. I heard about the Yak option...although im a bad enough flier in a Boeing. Also i would be keen to hear your take on your experiences in Kyrgyzstan, the people, food, working out there, any general advice. My email is
    Hope to hear from you

    By Blogger DavidMcArdle, At 8:01 AM  

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