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[[Image:Picnicpickens.jpg‎|thumb|450px|right|Hugh and Sunday Pickens manning the registration table at the annual picnic of the Maryland Returned Volunteers.]]
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The Royal Government of Cambodia first invited the Peace Corps to open a program in Cambodia in November 1992. An assessment team was sent the following year, which resulted in a country agreement being signed on October 3, 1994. However, the political situation was found to be too unstable for Volunteers to be sent at that time. A second assessment team visited in 1996 and, although an improvement in the political and safety situation was noted, these concerns and budget constraints resulted in a decision not to establish a presence in Cambodia. In 2004, the Ministry of Education again expressed an interest in the Peace Corps establishing a program and in 2005, officials of the Royal Government of Cambodia concurred. This time the assessment team found the administrative and security infrastructure to be sound and the opportunities for Peace Corps Volunteers to work safely and effectively had improved significantly.
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==Peace Corps Service==
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When I entered Peace Corps, I was a recent graduate with a physics major and I was assigned to be a teacher trainer for three years working in Huancayo and later Lima and I lived in Peru for five more years after my service. One of my proudest accomplishments is reaching an FSI level 4 in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
  
When you arrive in Cambodia, you will enter a peaceful country that is growing rapidly. While the developmental needs are great and much of the infrastructure is still lacking, there are enough supports in place to ensure a safe and productive service.
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I am especially proud that I have talked to and encouraged many people to join the Peace Corps and about half a dozen have become volunteers including my sister's daughter who is presently serving as a volunteer in Mongolia - where I plan to visit later in 2009.
  
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==Continued Service on the Third Goal==
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Since my service as a volunteer in Peru I have continued my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer contributing to the third goal as the [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2041435.html President of the Maryland Returned Volunteers] and creating the [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2013913.html annual Peace Corps History lecture series] that is now hosted by the Shriver Center at University of Maryland in Baltimore County.
  
==History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Cambodia==
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I am also editor and publisher of four web sites dedicated to the third goal of the Peace Corps: [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html Peace Corps Online] with over 500,000 unique visitors a month, [http://peacecorpslibrary.org/ The Peace Corps Library] documenting over 500 different aspects of life in the Peace Corps, [http://historyofthepeacecorps.org History of the Peace Corps] documenting the Peace Corps going back to 1961, and [http://peacecorpsonline.org/rssnewsfeed/index.html Peace Corps News]. I also send out a monthly newsletter with Peace Corps news and issues to over 25,000 RPCVs and friends of the Peace Corps.
  
The first Peace Corps/Cambodia Volunteers arrived in 2007. The initial program emphasized English teaching and English teacher training, with out-of-school projects in life-skills development. In 2009, health education was introduced as a significant secondary project. With the K4 training group in 2010, a new full-time health education sector was launched. Both programs work on building the capacity of public institutions to meet the basic needs of the students/citizens using their facilities.
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I have conducted in-depth interviews of [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2023627.html Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez] and [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/3212158.html Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter] and have published articles highlighting Peace Corps Safety issues, Peace Corps issues with Disability Benefits, and the Fourth Goal of the Peace Corps.
  
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I do a lot of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill writing for Wikipedia] including completing the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill#Peace_Corps_Directors_Biography_Project Peace Corps Director Biography Series] with detailed biographies of Directors from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vaughn Jack Vaughn] through [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Tschetter Ron Tschetter] and writing the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Corps#Peace_Corps_in_the_media Peace Corps in the Media] section for the main article about the Peace Corps on Wikipedia.
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I also practice my hobby of photography to benefit the third goal of the Peace Corps including taking photos at Peace Corps events like the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/72157594517353622/ Flag Procession in Chicago] at the 2005 Peace Corps convention and events with the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/72157594509537247/ Maryland Returned Volunteers].
  
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==Other Interests==
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Of course, Peace Corps is not the only thing I am interested in. I am a frequent contributor to [http://slashdot.org/index2.pl “Slashdot: News for Nerds”] that has a daily audience of millions of readers - hundreds of times as large as our audience at [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html "Peace Corps Online"]. I am one of Slashdot’s top five contributors having [http://hughpickens.com/slashdot/ written over 300 stories for Slashdot] on subjects ranging from science and engineering to religion and civil liberties. I have even contributed several stories to Slashdot [http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/03/06/143216&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=99 about the Peace Corps] that have been well received.
  
See also: [[Cambodia]]
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I also write a [http://poncacityweloveyou.com/ blog about my hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma] where my wife and I now reside and another [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/the_narrative_fallacy/ blog about science, engineering, networks and emergent behavior]. You can read more about my interests at [http://hughpickens.com my home page].
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==Hugh Pickens' Web Sites==
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* [http://hughpickens.com Hugh Pickens Home Page]
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* [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/blog/2008/07/06/interview-with-hugh-pickens-founder-and-administrator-of-pcol/ An Interview with Hugh Pickens]
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* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/frontpage/index.html Peace Corps Online]
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* [http://peacecorpslibrary.org/ Peace Corps Library]
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* [http://historyofthepeacecorps.org History of the Peace Corps]
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* [http://peacecorpsonline.org/rssnewsfeed/index.html Peace Corps News]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reservoirhill Writing for Wikipedia]
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* [http://hughpickens.com/slashdot/ Stories on Slashdot]
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* [http://knol.google.com/k/knol/system/knol/pages/SearchToolkit?back=hub5zounu2wt.14&url=/k/hugh-pickens/-/hub5zounu2wt/0&show=off&restrict=3&language=0 Knols written by Hugh Pickens]
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* [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/poncacityweloveyou/ Ponca City, We Love You]
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* [http://peacecorpsonline.typepad.com/the_narrative_fallacy/ The Narrative Fallacy]
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* [http://researchandideas.com/index.php?title=Main_Page Research and Ideas: An Experimental Wiki]
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* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/20881138@N00/sets/ Photography by Hugh Pickens]

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Hugh and Sunday Pickens manning the registration table at the annual picnic of the Maryland Returned Volunteers.



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Peace Corps Service

When I entered Peace Corps, I was a recent graduate with a physics major and I was assigned to be a teacher trainer for three years working in Huancayo and later Lima and I lived in Peru for five more years after my service. One of my proudest accomplishments is reaching an FSI level 4 in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.

I am especially proud that I have talked to and encouraged many people to join the Peace Corps and about half a dozen have become volunteers including my sister's daughter who is presently serving as a volunteer in Mongolia - where I plan to visit later in 2009.

Continued Service on the Third Goal

Since my service as a volunteer in Peru I have continued my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer contributing to the third goal as the President of the Maryland Returned Volunteers and creating the annual Peace Corps History lecture series that is now hosted by the Shriver Center at University of Maryland in Baltimore County.

I am also editor and publisher of four web sites dedicated to the third goal of the Peace Corps: Peace Corps Online with over 500,000 unique visitors a month, The Peace Corps Library documenting over 500 different aspects of life in the Peace Corps, History of the Peace Corps documenting the Peace Corps going back to 1961, and Peace Corps News. I also send out a monthly newsletter with Peace Corps news and issues to over 25,000 RPCVs and friends of the Peace Corps.

I have conducted in-depth interviews of Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez and Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter and have published articles highlighting Peace Corps Safety issues, Peace Corps issues with Disability Benefits, and the Fourth Goal of the Peace Corps.

I do a lot of writing for Wikipedia including completing the Peace Corps Director Biography Series with detailed biographies of Directors from Jack Vaughn through Ron Tschetter and writing the Peace Corps in the Media section for the main article about the Peace Corps on Wikipedia.

I also practice my hobby of photography to benefit the third goal of the Peace Corps including taking photos at Peace Corps events like the Flag Procession in Chicago at the 2005 Peace Corps convention and events with the Maryland Returned Volunteers.

Other Interests

Of course, Peace Corps is not the only thing I am interested in. I am a frequent contributor to “Slashdot: News for Nerds” that has a daily audience of millions of readers - hundreds of times as large as our audience at "Peace Corps Online". I am one of Slashdot’s top five contributors having written over 300 stories for Slashdot on subjects ranging from science and engineering to religion and civil liberties. I have even contributed several stories to Slashdot about the Peace Corps that have been well received.

I also write a blog about my hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma where my wife and I now reside and another blog about science, engineering, networks and emergent behavior. You can read more about my interests at my home page.

Hugh Pickens' Web Sites