Teddy Dondanville

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Site exploration has been going relatively smoothly. I feel super lucky for a couple reasons. The first is that site exploration is now 3 weeks long. In the past, site exploration lasted only a couple days. With 3 weeks, I can actually get a feel for what my community is like. How it ticks, what schedules it follows, and who participates in it. The second reason I am grateful is because I… Read More

The time has finally arrived. I’m in my new home. But it’s still not permanent. I’m only here for 2 weeks. My job is to have fun, meet people, and to be with my host family. I’ve got a workbook to complete but besides that, I am responsible for exploring. Since I’m a brain-fried, overwhelmed mess, I’ll just let the photos do the talking this time.

The time has come for site exploration. After about a year of waiting, site assignments for the Peru 30 group were finally recieved. Much to my contentment I was placed in the Ancash department of Peru. Specifically, I will be living in a community called Matacoto in the Yungay province. A family of 8 is waiting for my arrival. Mother, father, grandmother, and five kids– ranging from 3 to 21 years old…. Read More

Wednesday: Wednesday we traveled to a district called Acobamba. The day began at the municipality. We arrived early and had time to burn. My friend, Alex, and I meandered to the local market to enjoy a cafecito. Afterwards we were greeted by the mayor. He had a few words and so did some of the trainees. We then listened to the psychologist from the local health post. We shared coffee and muffins… Read More

Where one gaze ends, another begins. Connected by what we see now, and where our dreams wander. The roads we walk are different, And the shoes we wear we cannot share, But the destinations of our journeys end all the same. How we get there is up to us. The lessons we learn are meant to be told, and the attitudes upheld, together they meld.

Field based training (FBT) was a whirlwind of a week. Everyday was full of activities; visits to local governments, schools, restaurants and PCV’s homes. It was a really good feeling to use the information we have been learning in PST. The interactions I had with Peruvian youth and parents were by far the best. Besides that, the aesthetic beauty of the valleys and mountains were traveled through was extremely comforting. Here’s part… Read More

This guy made it to Peru!  PC trainee, but soon-to-be Youth Development Facilitator.  Current status: in week 2 of pre-service training and battling diarrhea.  One day at a time, poco a poco. Proud new member of the Flores family: Gloria, Roger, Anthony, Marcos, Reynaldo & baby Sherel. Utterly overwhelmed and motivated for service all at the same time.  

The staging and pre-service training (PST) portions of my Peace Corps experience have been extremely busy. Since our arrival in Miami, for a short but sweet staging, we have had our plates full with discussion, group work, paperwork and individual reflection. Lucky for us, each day has been insightful and encouraging. I’ve been a part of a lot of bureaucratic/institutional trainings and they are not all like this. The Peace Corps staff… Read More