Tuesday, January 18, 2011


When a politician receives a gift, it's unethical.

When a Peace Corps Volunteer receives a gift, it's community integration.

I receive lots of gifts-especially pineapples and lunches. When my neighbors give me gifts they feel more comfortable receiving my free services, and I feel more welcome (and full). But I wonder-are my neighbors trying to pay me for services which I as a Peace Corps volunteer must provide for free? And do neighbors who feed me gain better access to my services in return? I'll certainly spend more time at their houses!