Teddy Dondanville

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I already sort of shared about this concept in a different blog post I wrote. Sharing is one of my favorite things I like about living in Peru. I think that because it is all around me that I tend to share more often now myself. The most obvious thing is food. If I buy a drink, popcorn or some ice cream it has become really normal for me to share with… Read More

Holy smokes that took FOREVER. I really slowed down for the last book I read. And really delayed on getting this post written. After too many months I finally finished Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Considering the fact that it’s not a very big book, the fact it took me so long says a little something about how I enjoyed the book. Or perhaps better said, how I lacked in enjoying the… Read More

In English we use a lot of different ways to describe money. Buck, stacks, benjamins, bill, wads, cash etc. In Peruvian culture there are also a couple slang terms to talk about money. You hear them getting used all the time so it’s important to know what they are and how to use them. Additionally, like other slang terms, they add authenticity to your Spanish and locals love it when you use… Read More

One of the more obvious changes I have noticed in myself is my ability to speak Spanish. It is by far one of my favorite skills. And one of my favorite parts about living in Peru and traveling to other Spanish-speaking countries. After living for almost 2 years in Peru, it makes sense that I would speak the language. I have become fluent. But it’s the little things within my new fluency… Read More

A lot of the travel in Peru gets done in buses, minivans or some weird car-contraption thing. Whether you are traveling within a city or perhaps in between two or three, you will probably use whats called a combi. I am not sure where the name came from, but I like to think that combi comes from ‘combine’ or ‘combination’. Like a whole ton of people (a combination) combined in one car…. Read More

I recently hung out with some friends from Lima. What I noticed was that the way they spoke had some subtle and interesting differences from how some of my friends from the Sierra speak. What I found out was that there are some slang terms in Spanish that are unique to Limeños (people from the capital city/ province of Lima). Here are 3 new slang terms that I learned how to use…. Read More

Body Awareness The amount of times I have been sick during my Peace Corps service is innumerable. During pre-service training, I was sick every month. For a while during my first year, I was sick every couple of weeks. My body was having a really hard time adjusting to the water, the food, climate and bacterias. I would get colds, fevers, chills, body aches, diarrhea, headaches… the whole enchilada. I took lots… Read More

I spent a lot of time putting together my PC resume. Before I knew what program I would be applying to I tailored individual documents for each program. I attended multiple resume workshops, collected example drafts from PC recruiters and received direct feedback on my resumes until they were ready to be submitted. The fact is that the PC has very specific things they look for in a resume. It is crucial… Read More