Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Other 12 PCVs

Brad, one of the 13 PCVs in Samoa, wrote an amazing blog piece about each of us 13 that are currently serving here in Samoa.  I don't think I could write it any better than he did which is why I'm sending a link to his blog.  Check it out!

And since he didn't write about himself, here we go!

Brad is one of the 3 guys in our groups surrounded by a sea of estrogen.  He's one of the most laid back, chill people I know which makes sense seeing how he's from California.  He's an extremely gifted musician who brought not only his guitar but also his violin on the plane with him to Samoa!  He wasted no time in bringing music into his classroom and has the kids singing anything from Adele to the Beatles.  His Samoan is really good and he constantly chatters with the taxi drivers as we go places.

And that's that!  I love my group; I couldn't ask for anything better.


  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Samoa? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Samoa in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

  2. Hi Emilio! I'd love to send you a letter! Post is extremely slow here so it may take a few months to get to you. I took a peek at your blog and it appears I'd be the first Samoan letter~