(Helping us get ready...)
(Elvin helping us with announcements. The man with the mic is an Azeri who is leaving for a year in the States via scholarship funds. Well done Elvin. He will be attending Berea College in Kentucky).
My sitemates and i help a huge event in Ming for the 4th. For about four hours we invited Azerbaijani children and families to participate in a series of games and events. Approximately 80 children came and about 30-40 volunteers (not just from the Peace Corps!) helped. Games/events included: American history, American geography, capture the flag (my game!), m&m relay races, soccer, obstacle courses, dancing, a presentation by Save the Children, and more. It was a lot of work, but surely worth it. Unfortunately, a lot of funding for the event came out of our pockets (Ming volunteers only, for the most part), but overall the event was cheap.
On a personal note, I had about 10 volunteers stay with me. My whole neighborhood was excited about our big American holiday and the influx of visitors. I never felt so strangely famous in my life. I told my neighbors about my many visitors in advance and had no complaints about sound, etc. I love my neighborhood.