In the Shadows of the Tian Shan: A trek through western Kyrgyzstan October 16th 2007 The original idea for this trip came from my friend and co-worker Amy McGoldrick. She is the director of ACCELS, an NGO that along with administering the FLEX Program, (which I have taught for the past two summers) which takes Turkmenistan high school students and places them in American High Schools, but it also oversees the work of the American Corners throughout the country.
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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Karakol A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, Kyrgyzstan was annexed by Russia in 1864; it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Nation-wide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the oust... ... read more
I was unfortunate to only be biten by the travel bug in 2005 when I joined the Peace Corps as Teacher of English as Foreign Language in Turkmenistan. Prior to this adventure I had only been out of the US on a week long trip to Puerto Vallarta Mexico and a couple of day trips to Canada. Since 2005 I have been in 8 different countries in Asia and have traveled all around Turkmenistan.
My service is ending in November of this year, but I look at it as only a beginning to a long life of travel.
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