Peace Corps Stories

There is a list of short stories about my adventures as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Saratok, Sarawak from 1970 - 1972, just beow the flags.

I have a section of Peace Corps Pictures, added in July 2001.

I have a section of Peace Corps Volunteer FAQ, questions I answered once ("Is the Peace Corps a good place to meet chicks?") or once a week ("What was it like?") on Yahoo! Answers, about the Peace Corps.

Sarawak ("suh-RAH-walk", not "SAR-ah-whack") is a state in the Federation of Malaysia. It is on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo, east of Singapore.

Federation of Malaysia

State of Sarawak

Flag of Malaysia Flag of Sarawak

The flag of Sarawak is the one I served under, not the current one. It flew over forts, schools and post offices when Sarawak was an independent Kingdom, under Rajah Brooke, from 1870 to 1946. It flew again when Sarawak became a state in the Federation of Malaysia, from 1963 to 1988.

I taught English at the Government Secondary School in Saratok, Sarawak, Malaysia for two years, 1971 and 1972. (Our school year started in January and ended in mid-November.) Whenever we read a short story in class, my students would ask if it was true. These are some short stories I wrote about my experiences. I've changed some names here and there, and corrected some grammar, but they are basically as true as failing memory can make them.

I Was (Almost) Tattooed by Headhunters - A parody of the "True" He-Man adventure magazines of the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Quentin the World Traveler - A story about different travel styles.

Stalking Extremely Small Game - About the bugs I lived with. This one has some really ugly paragraph transitions.

The Christians and the Pagans - Cultural differences.

We Visit the Land Dayaks - Sarawak is a land of contrasts. I saw some of them.

Snippets and Anecdotes - Stories I tell when I've had too much to drink.

Two maps, one of Malaysia (6 KB) and one of Sarawak (4 KB). Neither has a lot of details or more than 16 colors, but they load really fast.

Here are two pages of links: Peace Corps Links and Sarawak Links.

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