I'm posting this publicly in case anyone wants to link to it. I'm not including Colleen's addresses in this post due to its public nature, but if you don't already have either/both of them, feel free to ask me and to pass them along to anyone you would want mailing packages or sending email to *your* sister. :)
My name is Colleen McMillon, and I am a Peace Corps
volunteer in Uliastai, Mongolia. I am helping my
school create an English Resource Room for students
and teachers. My school currently has 740 students
and 34 teachers. All students study English from the
4th grade through the 11th grade, as Mongolia is very
eager for young people and others to become fluent in
English. Some of the teachers are also trying to learn
Right now we have a few books, but they are mostly
high school level textbooks, which are too advanced for
the students. We have no listening materials, games,
and very few teaching materials. English books here
are expensive and difficult to find, so my school is
not able to buy books, games, etc. for the English
room. There is also not a library here in Uliastai
with good English reading materials. My school would
greatly appreciate anything that you could donate to
help us create this room. We certainly do not need
new items, used would be wonderful. Below is a list of
ideas for items that we could use.
- children's books (1st grade through 6th grade)
- youth books
- games to help practice English
- posters to decorate the room
- listening materials (CDs or tapes)
- English movies
- teaching materials (pictures of objects, etc.)
Anything you could donate would be greatly appreciated
by all our students and teachers. If you would like
to donate, please send items to the following address.
M-bag or ground
mail would be the cheapest way to send
items. If you have questions, please feel free to
contact me by email [address deleted for internet post - pls request privately]. I
usually check my email once a week.
As for what's appropriate to send, there aren't really any taboos about
magic or sex, but while some Asimov, Harry Potter, cheesy romance novels, and Judy Blume
books are okay, you probably shouldn't send any "Playboys".
For posters, she did ask if I knew any bands that would be willing to donate posters, so if you have some old band, movie, or geek posters from your bachelor/ette years, this would be a good way to recycle them. :)
Also, if you would like to donate, but find the mailing costs prohibitive (especially for non-book material), talk to me and I'll probably mail them for you along with her next care package.