The fact of the matter is that if you're looking at this site, you probably know me. But in case you don't or you've somehow forgotten why I don't call anymore, here's my story. The short version.
I'm 27 right now, soon to be 28 (on August 13). I'm a graduate student at the University of Washington, enrolled in a Masters of Public Administration program called the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI). I've completed the bulk of the academic part of my degree, and am serving 2 years in the Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean. My training is in St. Lucia, and I don't know where I'll be posted yet. Stay tuned.
But let me step back a bit further for those of you in the cheap seats. I was born and raised in southeastern PA, went to school at University of Delware (English/Journalism & International Relations) and then spent a year serving as a VISTA volunteer for the Delaware Coalition for Literacy in Wilmington, DE. After a brief trip to Europe, I worked for nearly a year as a job developer in a welfare-to-work program at the beginning of welfare reform. Luckily the economy was in better shape then. Regardless, I burnt out, and moved to Seattle just to check out what it had to offer. I fell in love with the northwest.
Unfortunately, the nonprofits in Seattle didn't reciprocate my love. I wanted to do fundraising, I found work as a cashier at REI. Then in Customer Service and HR at Amazon.com. That's where I worked until I finally woke up and realized that I used to have a plan, and I really needed to revisit it and figure out what to do with my life. Enter the PCMI program. I got in during the inaugural year, so I'm really just a guinnea pig at this point, in a sense. Which really just adds to the adventure. There are 8 of us from the UW either gone or about to leave at this point, and it's really exciting to know that I know someone on nearly every continent at this point.
I'm keeping a weblog, so check back and see what I've been up to. You can find older information on the LiveJournal, that is until I get my new one, "Tales from Bananaland" up and going.
PLEASE SEND LETTERS!
My address for now is:
PCT Deborah Wolf
PO Box 123
Castries, St. Lucia
If you use airmail paper or aren't a prodigious writer, 1 oz letters are $.80 and should reach me in about 2 weeks.