Jay was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa from 2003 to 2005.

Upon retiring from teaching in 2003, Jay realized a long-held goal of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer. In that capacity he was a curriculum development specialist working with the Ministry of Education in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, West Africa. This assignment emphasized design and production of a national English syllabus as well as revising and rewriting textbooks for teaching English. His work included teacher training and the teaching of intermediate conversational English to adults.

After his first year in Mauritania, Jay was asked by the Peace Corps to revise the existing written materials about Mauritanian culture, so that the new manual could be used for the 2004 incoming training class. You can learn a lot about Mauritanian culture by reading this Cross-Culture Manual.  

Many Peace Corps Volunteers and other visitors stayed with Jay in his apartment in Nouakchott. They enjoyed his regal surroundings and named it Chateau Jay. If you would like to take a brief video tour of his apartment, click on Château Jay 

Jay wrote about his experiences and posted them to his blog. All reports reflect Jay's activities. Opinions are his own and do not represent Peace Corps policy.