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Old 08-03-09, 08:15 PM
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Peace corps looking for bike mechanics?

I heard the peace corps could use some bike mechanics in Mozambique. Does any one know whether or not this true.
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Old 08-03-09, 09:38 PM
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http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Bicycle_Repair_Class
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Old 08-03-09, 09:39 PM
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You might try asking them.
http://www.peacecorps.gov/
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Old 08-03-09, 09:42 PM
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For the last 20 years or so, the Peace Corps has been sending it's volunteers into dangerous war-zones and using them to gather information and act as Human-Shields. Friend of mine was evacuated out of Sierra Leone as the army of Charles Taylor invaded. Flown out by a USAF transport. He see his new-found friends butchered alive.
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Not sure what I thnk about this. Repairing things in general is not don much in ths part of Africa. It says bikes is not popular and skills and tools is not awailable. Sounds like just another white elephant. I tryed to start using more oxen since they are strong, slow but quite relyable and locally available. Peopel wanted to use the tracto.No fuel, no money for fuel, no tubes for the rear wheels.. They still wanted to use the tractor.

I think bikes are great for Africa, but if they do not think it them selves there is nothng we can bring in or tell them to change that. I think if/when they decide bikes are good they can manage to get them and repair them on theyr own.

Bikes without brakes is no suprise. Most cars has got no brakes (or lights) and often the driver is drunk.

I`ve seen amazing things done to cars by mechanics that had no spares and no tools, but still did amazng things.

The clue is to convince them this is a good solution, not to show them how it is done and bring in the tools.

Also around where I live the refugees do not want bikes, they want cars. Almost all the males are learning to drive or just got the lisence. I think it is a part of being poor and not educated. We all want the best for our self and our familys, but there is different opinions about what is the best.

This could be some great months in Africa, but do not expect to make a big difference.
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Email the post and/or a recruiter in DC and find out.

http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?...ica.mozambique
http://maputo.usembassy.gov/peace_corp.html

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Old 08-05-09, 08:11 PM
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give a man a fish...

a local here just shipped 3 containers of used/donated bikes to rwanda. I'm sure they need someone to show the locals how to fix them. red cross does humanitarian stuff as well, and I'm sure you'll find a thousand churches with missionaries that are trying to enrich lives all over the world. best of luck.
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Yes, there is a story about the guy in Rwanda doing stellar work. It was in Adventure Cycling. Excellent article.

Regards the "Peace Corps Wants Bike-Mechanics" - it was a red-herring someone planted in the rumor-mill. I have this from someone who traced it down. It is not true.

Thank goodness.
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Originally Posted by pointatopointb View Post
give a man a fish...

a local here just shipped 3 containers of used/donated bikes to rwanda. I'm sure they need someone to show the locals how to fix them. red cross does humanitarian stuff as well, and I'm sure you'll find a thousand churches with missionaries that are trying to enrich lives all over the world. best of luck.
Du the man want the fish?

I need fish, I should eat much more fish but i do not want it. Make me a nice meal with fish and I`ll eat. Thell me there is plenty more too get if I cook it myself and you`ll not see me again.

This is what I am talking about.

Anyway, hope it works out.
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Du the man want the fish?

I need fish, I should eat much more fish but i do not want it. Make me a nice meal with fish and I`ll eat. Thell me there is plenty more too get if I cook it myself and you`ll not see me again.

This is what I am talking about.

Anyway, hope it works out.
This is interesting. I would like to hear more, but bikeforums is probably not the place.
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