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So, I am going to Devechi in December. It is 2 hours north of Sumqayit and here is the best map of the area that I could find:
My initial reactions are that there are good and bad things that come along with this placement. To start out, I was hoping to do a few things here in the Peace Corps. One of which, I wanted to work in or with a University, I wanted to work in a big city, and I wanted to be as close to Quba as I could (though this was a minor request, the others were more important).
I’ll start out with the bad stuff:
- Devechi is a smaller city
- There is no University there
- There is nothing interesting within 2 hours of the city (that I could figure)
- It really isn’t a pretty part of the country
Here are the good points:
- The school is actually very large and it has a lot of English teachers
- The school is also very nice, well maintained and well disciplined
- It is very close to Quba
- It is also pretty close to Baku and Sumqayit
- While there is no one in my city, there are Volunteers both in Quba (1 hour away or so) and Siyazan (20 minutes away)
- I don’t think that large scale teacher conferences have been done in this area for a long time, if ever, so there is a lot of good that I could do both for my own school and possible the region.
All in all, I think I have a good placement. I’m not sure if that is by luck, or if they really could tell from my strengths and weaknesses where I would be best suited to be (via some magical formula, perhaps?).
Of course, when I was applying for the Peace Corps they told me the same thing: that they could tell from my application where I would best be suited. I didn’t believe them then, and I certainly don’t believe them now. It is impossible to know a person and multiple areas so well that a perfect match could be picked from so many choices.
They sometimes claim this. In any case, I have no doubt that they tried very hard to find a good match and that it was a very difficult process for them.
I think I got lucky. Other volunteers, in my and their opinion, are going to have a much tougher time.