I lived in Bolivia for six months as part of an overseas post-high-school program in 1996. You are so spot-on with your description of the fishbowl! The story made me laugh, right when I needed a laugh. I’m in South Korea now, teaching English and let me tell you… I’ve re-entered the fishbowl and had forgotten what a mixed blessing it is.
From a couple I know who met in the PC (in Honduras): “This piece was absolutely right on target. It really skewered our peace
corps experience! made jen laugh so hard she cried. it’s all true, every
word of it.”