Ayten was my Language and Cultural Facilitator (LCF) during Pre-Service Training (PST) for Peace Corps (PC). She was a lovely woman who had the difficult task of teaching me and my 4 cluster-mates about the Azerbaijani language and customs. Now, I must explain that PST is the most difficult time of PC service. We met every morning at the school and spent 4 hours learning (it was often always above 95 degrees before 9am) about the language and culture. Then we went on to a neighboring village (2 buses, 45 minutes later) to learn about our job – Teaching English as a Foreign Lanugage (TEFL) for four hours (then the buses back…). We were doing all this while dealing with the initial culture shock and apprehension of being able to actually be Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs). PST was hard. Ayten handled it beautifully.