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Advice from your Unfriendly Neighborhood ICT Volunteer

People keep asking me how to deal with Excel documents on Macs or how to deal with starter MS office without having to pay for the actual full software.  The answer is download Libreoffice (formerly OpenOffice), a cross platform FREE office suite that has all the functionality of MS Office.  Libreoffice can open MS office files and save in MS office format (just select Save As from the ubiquitous File menu and pick a format that looks familiar.  You are all very smart people, you can do this.).

John Clay Memorial

Volunteers and staff were saddened this past weekend to learn that friend and fellow volunteer John Clay passed away from cancer.  A memorial service was held at the office on Tuesday afternoon and you can stop by a memorial in the office upstairs.  Those who remember John are encouraged to send stories, memories and pictures to Sara Tomasikiewicz to be included in the following:

Those About to COS, We Salute You, and Want to Help with the Bank Thing

A wonderful now RPCV sent us an email carefully explaining how to close our accounts at Mbezi NBC.  This seems like great information to pass on.  Thanks Mar!  We're attaching the letter you need.  

 

Important Information about Language Proficiency Testing

If you are planning on grad school and want to use your Kiswahili skills to fulfill a language requirement, read the fine print!  An RPCV described her recent experience to me in which she realized her grad school program wanted reading and writing certifications and Peace Corps only tests speaking and listening skills.  Also, make sure you put the level you achieved in your Description of Service if you ever want to access that record officially.   Trying to get the record of language levels out of post is extremely difficult.  

Remember the Peace Corps Innovation Challenge!

If you are doing anything cool, or know of anyone doing anything cool, particularly ICT related, check out the attached flyers!

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