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In Wake of April 25 Earthquake, Peace Corps Nepal Suspended

The Peace Corps office in Washington, D.C., announced on April 29, 2015, that all Peace Corps volunteers and trainees would be “temporarily leaving Nepal and returning to the United States.”

Just before noon on Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck with its epicenter in Gorkha district. You can get details on the earthquake from Wikipeddia’s article, April 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Anyhow, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for us. Facebook put in touch immediately with family and friends with its brilliant Safety Check but then tormented us with a endless stream of horrible news and troubling reports.

Langtang and Sindhupalchok districts were hit hard by the earthquake. The latter, however, served as the training site in the city of Chautara for the return of Peace Corps to Nepal from 2012 onwards. Many host families who had opened their homes to Peace Corps trainees were affected.

A collection of Nepal PCV blogs

I hear the N/199 group is doing well at the PST in Chautara, Sindhupalchok district. Very exciting. I am following a few of the PCV blogs with what I will admit is mix of admiration and envy. I said never again, but ah, to do it all over again—wait! no, I wouldn’t. I mean, I would, but I don’t have to. Never mind, doesn’t matter. Now I armchair quarterback.

I wish them well in their service and experiences. I hope I get to read some crazy shit, like about drinking jar for breakfast during training. Nonsense!—and I loved every minute of it.