The young people of Chokwe, Mozambique

Update from a Peace Corps volunteer

Last September , the Sentinel ran an interview with Blake Schmidt of Portland, Oregon, shortly before he flew off to begin a two-year tour of duty as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa. He has now completed his first six months of teaching English to ninth and tenth graders in a school in Chokwe (pronounced SHOKE-way), Mozambique, which is close to the flood plains of the Limpopo River. It's about three hours' drive north of the capital, Maputo. Blake spoke with us during a summer furlough in the United States.

"It's quite a leap from the classrooms I grew up in to the classrooms I now teach in, where windowpanes are often missing and the blackboards are badly worn and hard to write on—damaged by the floods of two years ago," says Blake.

September 2, 2002

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