My name is Sara, and I'm a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer from CA. I served as an English teacher in Kazakhstan. Since returning home, I have been excited to discover and apply to be a part of MPT's work as a presence in occupied Palestine. I an now writing from their offices in Lansing, on day one of the Nonviolence Skills Retreat. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of a future team going to the West Bank, and the opportunities I will have to grow as a peace team member and individual there. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the growing international movement of nonviolence as a means of change between Israel and Palestine, and to live and work among the Palestinian people. I hope to report soon from the field!