In a sudden and unexpected turn of events, two of our Spanish teachers have had their employment terminated for a violation or violations of Peace Corps policy. Nobody knows any details. One of the teachers was with the ICT group in El Seibo. She was summoned to the capital and shortly thereafter, Ann, our technical trainer, was informed that she had lost her job. For the nine remaining Spanish class sessions the teacher's students will have a new teacher.
This year Entrena, a company founded long ago by a former Peace Corps volunteer to train volunteers, became the last private contracter to be assimilated into the Peace Corps. Entrena's employees, including some or all of the Spanish teachers became employees of Peace Corps, or were given contracts with Peace Corps directly rather than working through Entrena.
Peace Corps Dominican Republic's long-time country director is nearing the end of his tenure in that position. It is my understanding that he is currently on leave in the United States tending to a personal matter. I don't think he has officially transitioned out of the country director position, but from what I understand there is someone else acting as director in his absence. I am not aware as to whether or not this person will become country director when he is gone.