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!i:!:/ 9,1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Scheller :BY MARY ANN HUGHES She expected to see places Corps volunteer shares Papua New Guinea experience Message staff writer Mary Scheller began ler work as a Peace Corps Volunteer two-and-half years she expected to face )s and difficulties. few Americans ever see, and she expected to meet new people. She did. But she also met her husband, something she never expected. The irony is that he grew Scheller met her husband Jim Jones during her work la Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea. The couple tl July 3 in Evansville. i:!i;!i!i! i! up near Chicago, she grew up in Evansville, but they had to travel over 10,000 miles, to Papua New Guinea, to meet and fall in love. Mary is the daughter of Bob and Betty Scheller of Evans- ville. She attended Mater Dei High School and after gradu- ating from Purdue University she taught school in Evans- ville and Indianapolis. She says joining the Peace Corps was something she always wanted to do. "I wanted to serve, to help people less fortunate." she said, adding, "I als0 wanted to see new places and meet new people." When she joim'd t!m Peace Corps, she said she was will- ing to go anywhere she was sent. When she was assigned to Papua New Guinea, she had to pull out an atlas to find out where it is. She discovered her new home was about 10,000 miles from Evansville, located in tile southwest Pacific Ocean, north of Australia. Most of the citizens speak English. however she. did learn the ba- sics of the' Pigeon language' Betty Scheller traveled 10,000 from Evansville to Papua New Guinea to visit their while she was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. PO! RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY JASPER 482-1200 BUILDINGS Made On Your Lot ' Thousands of References .DING PKGS. ineered packages for instruction books and L 0 W PRICES RAFTERS Size to 80" DOORS unclreds in Stock Bts Our PHcos ROOFING Sq. 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Immediately after her ar- rival, as she met the villagers, she began to feel welcome be- cause they were "'so warm and ffiend,." tter new home was a con- crete block house: electricity was available from six to 10 at night. "'We usually had running water, but tte last two months there, there was no water b0catlSO, there was a seri)tls drought and we h,ld to lmu] water frm tanks. Ac- tually, tl,, house was lllOl'(' luxurious than 1 thought it would be.'" During her stay in Papuai New (;uillea, htl" diet coil- potatoes, lots of fruits and fish in tins." She sav she znissed salads, leaf,,, lettuce, diet coke and cold milk the most. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she was assigned to teach math and science to students in grades seven through 10 at the village school. She had 46 students in her classroom and found them very well be- haved. "Thev had a desire to learn, and I had very few dis- cipline problems." Education in Papua New Guinea is very expensive and it's not offered to everyone. "Only one-third of the students go on to grade seven and they take a test to be able to go on." She said her students were fascinated by the United States and spent "hours after school looking at pictures and asking questions about America. They were very cu- rious." Her first week in Papua New Guinea, she, met the other Peace Corps volunteers working in the country. One of them was a young man named Jim ]ones, an Ameri- can who had been raised in the Chicago area. They began to date, and to correspond by letter. "There were lots of let- ters, it was not a proper courtship." Every 10 weeks, during school breaks, she was able to leave her village and visit him. "Something clicked," she says, and during their stay they fell in love and became engaged. They were married this July 3 in Evans- ville. Looking back at her Peace Corps experience, Mary says it heightened the frustration she had been feeling with the "materialism here in Amer- ica. Now l'm even less toler- ant of it. "In Papua New Guinea, it's very simple, but they are very happy with what they have. Americans think the more vo, n have the t)ett,w, but after living in Papua New (;uinea. 1 think the simph.r vav is bet- ttr... After linishing her Peat;t' (;v:l)s w,rk, she rtqurued to the United States through San Francisco. There she received her first culture shock. "I saw a lot of homeless people standing in front of ve W ritzy stores. You don't see any homeless in Papua New Guinea. It's like an extended family there, with everyone taken care of. "I think we've missed the boat here." Mary and her new husband will be settling in Texas. She's not sure yet what kind of work she will be doing there, but she is sure it will be "service related. 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