Michael Hancock

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Description of Service

Peace Corps of the United States of America in Kazakhstan Қазақстандағы АҚШ-тың Бейбітшілік Корпусы Корпус Мира США в Казахстане

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DESCRIPTION OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICE Michael Floyd Hancock Kazakhstan Teacher of English as a Foreign Language June 1st, 2005 – June 8th, 2007

After a competitive application process, Michael Hancock was invited into Peace Corps service. Michael Hancock began Peace Corps Pre-Service Training in Panfilova, Kazakhstan on June 8, 2005. This 10-week training program was designed to build applicant’s technical skills and foreign language competency while enhancing adaptability and cross-cultural understanding. Pre-Service Training included the following components: Language (Major: Kazakh, Minor: Russian) 140 hours Cross Cultural Component 25 hours Technical Sessions 75 hours Medical/Health/Safety 20 hours Administrative Procedures 5 hours

As part of the language and cross-cultural component of the training Michael Hancock lived with a Kazakhstani host family.

Upon successful completion of all the training requirements Michael Hancock was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer on August 18, 2005. He was assigned to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Sayram, South Kazakhstan Oblast, Kazakhstan. Michael Hancock served as a full time teacher assigned to Yusuf Saryomiy School-Gymnasium No 1, where he was one of 145 faculty members. The school offered 12 grades of study and had an enrollment of approximately 2000 students. Michael Hancock reported directly to the Director of the school Mr. Baxodir Nuraliev. Instruction was set in formal classroom settings exclusively for Kazakhstani students.

Michael Hancock was responsible for teaching the following courses:

Date No. Mos. No. Wks. Subject Grade No. Students Hrs./Wk 2005 – 2006 9 33 English 11 a 15 3 2005 – 2006 9 33 English 11 b 15 3 2005 – 2006 9 33 English 11 v 15 3 2005 – 2006 9 33 English 10 b 13 6 2005 – 2006 9 33 English 2 a 25 2 2005 – 2006 9 33 Geography 10 b 25 3 2005 – 2006 9 33 English 9 b 15 3 2006 – 2007 9 33 English 7 v 15 3 2006 – 2007 9 33 English 11 b 15 4 2006 – 2007 9 33 English 5 a 15 3 2006 – 2007 9 33 Literature 11 b 12 3

Days in school year: 206 Number of months taught during school year: 9 Total number of weeks taught: 33

Additionally, Michael Hancock was involved in several secondary projects, activities, and involved with various organizations near his site. • Upon entering the country, prior to the Pre-Service Training for Kazakhstan’s 17th group of Peace Corps Trainees, Michael Hancock was engaged for two weeks in a Summer English Camp in the mountains near Taldykorgan in Almaty Oblast. Working there as teacher, counselor, and organizer together with other Volunteers, Michael Hancock worked under another organization to help run their camp, titled “Boomerang.” • Upon arriving at his site of Sayram in South Kazakhstan, Michael Hancock organized clubs for his school which ran throughout the duration of his service, including a once-a-week cinema club where students watched American movies on DVD with English subtitles, and a twice-a-week Teachers Club that shared methodology and increased competency in English. One other club has been variously called “FLEX” Club, “TOEFL” Club, and English Club, and is attended by a core of five to seven seriously determined English students and teachers, with a strong focus on learning difficult grammar, writing essays, and understanding the spoken language of English in preparation for various tests and University applications. • In October of 2005, Michael Hancock organized a pumpkin carving competition, as well as a Halloween festival and disco for the students of his school. • Starting in January of 2006, Michael Hancock supported other volunteers in Shymkent with their work, including attending and hosting a weekly cinema club and a weekly English Conversation Club aimed at advanced level High School and University students and community members. Michael Hancock continued to support these clubs for the duration of his service. • In May of 2006, Michael Hancock applied for Darrien Book Aid, a non-profit organization that provides Peace Corps Volunteers with one mail bag full of books attached to specific aims and themes. The books arrived in August 2006, and formed the basis for Michael Hancock’s Literature Course in that year’s curriculum. • In August of 2006, Michael Hancock worked together with his school and his counterpart Ulugbek Abdurazakov to host the school’s first English Language Summer Camp, which was supported in part by a Peace Corps Small Projects Assistance grant. • In October of 2006, Michael Hancock harvested a specially grown pumpkin patch for his school’s second pumpkin carving contest, introducing the local community to orange pumpkins. In addition, he organized a Haunted Basement fundraiser at the school, charging an admission price of only $0.20 and raising more than $80 for the English Department. The Department used the funds to purchase a new Television, DVD player, and shelving unit. • In the winter months of 2006 and 2007, Michael Hancock worked with fellow Volunteer Shain Panzeri to win a Peace Corps Small Projects Assistance grant for the TESh [Teachers of English in Shymkent] organization, providing the funds for the purchase of a laptop and projector to support their Village Teachers Project. This organization is dedicated solely to the advancement of teachers and teaching methodology in and around Shymkent, and has been working in conjunction with Peace Corps since its founding ten years before. • Near the end of his service, Michael Hancock has set in motion plans for the second English Language Summer Camp to be hosted at his school, to be aided by those students recently graduated from his Literature class. The camps budget and costs have been overseen directly by local staff, proof of the camp’s sustainability into future years.

Michael Hancock studied Kazakh, Russian, and Uzbek language.

Privacy Act Notice: The information requested herein is collected pursuant to Section 5 of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2504 (f).) The information will be used exclusively to prepare the Description of Volunteer Service Statement that will be permanently retained by the Peace Corps. The Statement will be used to verify service performed.

This is to certify in accordance with Executive Order No. 11103 of 10 April 1963, that Michael Hancock served satisfactorily as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His service ended on June 8th, 2007. He is therefore eligible to be appointed as a career-conditional employee in the competitive civil service on a non-competitive basis. This benefit under the Executive Order entitlement extends for a period of one-year, except that the employing agency may extend for up to three years for a former Volunteer who enters military service, pursues studies at a recognized institution of higher learning, or engages in other activities which, in the view of the appointing authority, warrants extension of the period.

Pursuant to Section 5 (f) of the Peace Corps Act, 22 U.S.C. No. 2504 (f) as amended, any former PCV employed by the United States Government following his/her Peace Corps Volunteer service is entitled to have any period of satisfactory Peace Corps Volunteer service credited for purposes of retirement, seniority, reduction in force, leave and/or other privileges based on length of Government service. Peace Corps service shall not be credited toward completion of a probationary or trial period or completion of any service requirement for career appointment. This entitlement extends for a period of 1 year after termination of Volunteer service, except that the employing agency may extend the period for up to 3 years for former PCVs who enter military service or pursue studies at a recognized institution of higher learning.

John Drotos, Country Director Peace Corps Kazakhstan

About Michael Hancock Today

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