This concept is defined in Wikipedia as “work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole”. Delighted to report out this week on more evidence of teamwork here in Peace Corps Dominican Republic. Tuesday morning, I arrived at the office to find three Peace Corps staff members—Juan Alberto Baez, Farah Canaan and Tammy Simo—in the Land Cruiser on their way out the gate to Clinica Abreu. They explained to me that a trainee was taken to the hospital in the middle of Monday night, had undergone emergency surgery and had lost and received, an enormous amount of blood in that process. Evidently, here in the DR, one is only allowed to purchase from the blood bank if an immediate donation is given to replenish that which was used. PCMOs had alerted PCDR that a blood donation was needed at the hospital. These three Peace Corps Dominican Republic staff members donated their blood to make a trainee’s lifesaving operation possible. When I thanked them personally for their help, they demurred. Tammy’s response was simply this: “Volunteers are the reason we are all here. Of course we do this for them!” I also want to recognize the efficient and timely actions of the two trainers, Alejandra Saldaña and Asbel Trinidad, who brought the trainee the night before to the ER as the PCMOs requested. Unquestioning. Ready. Selfless. Teamwork. More evidence that – volunteers and staff, Dominicans and Americans, counterparts and communities – together, we are Peace Corps DR.
…In short, the Peace Corps Dominican Republic staff has our backs.