Swaziland Mon Amour
      If you have been there you know why we loved it
      by the 1968 Volunteers of Swaziland 1, the first Peace Corps Contingent to Serve in Swaziland

June 2012

Letters from Swaziland »

"Letters from Swaziland" is comprised of my [Lowell Boileau] letters sent to my family from 1968-1970 while serving with the first Peace Corp contingent in Swaziland.

In 1968 I took break from my post graduate studies at the University of Michigan and joined the Peace Corps. The letters begin with the flight to Swaziland. This followed a 3 month Peace Corps training session in Baker, Louisiana where we studied siSwati, did practice teaching, underwent 'sensitivity training', got our shots and got to know each other.

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July 2015

Fred Schwartz »

Fred Schwartz was a warm and lovable member of Swaziland 1, the first Peace Corps volunteer group to serve in Swaziland.

Fred died on January 11, 1970 in a highway auto accident near Piggs Peak that also took the life of South African volunteer Marcia Silver. Fred was serving as a rural development worker and had been engaged in a project to create a national woodcraft industry.

Across the years we Swaziland 1 Volunteers warmly remember Fred.

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Cover of Halfway From Home

November 2015

Review of Halfway from Home »

Halfway from Home is an account of teaching in rural Swaziland written by Swaziland 1 Volunteer Bheka Pierce. Bheka returned to Swaziland in 1976 to teach English Literature in Swaziland with his late wife and in memoriam co-author Britta at her father's rural mission high school. Their students addressed them by the Swazi translation of their name ‘Pierce’, as ‘Magwaza’.

Finding their students largely isolated in traditional Swazi culture, rarely seeing urban life and consequently having little exposure to spoken or written English, the Pierce’s hit on the idea of having their students keep a journal to fill that gap and encourage daily usage.

In a manner akin to what the internet age has dubbed as crowd-sourcing, journal entries from over 60 different students were selected. These were assembled in chronological order to form a multi-voiced day-by-day journal of 1976.

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March 1996

Manzini to Mbabane, the Hard Way »

Sure, one could get to Mbabane the usual way.
Cross the plain to Malkerns Market,
pass the Royal Kraal of Sobhuza at Lobamba,
gamble to overtake chugging buses,
passing by comical South African tourists,
in pursuit of forbidden fruits at the Casino,
then climb out of the Ezulweni and enter Mbabane.

But there is another way to Mbabane...
It is farther but much more rewarding.

Travel back in time to 1969, Leave Manzini and head not west, but east. Then turn north on the road to Ekukanyeni...

Chosen as a Yahoo Pick of the Week October 21, 1996

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