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My 3 week site exploration has now come to an end. As I find myself back at the training center, I reminisce about my weeks in Ancash. I come back to Lima feeling grateful and motivated to return back to my service. Living in the mountains once again provided a homecoming I would not have traded for any other site. My host family, colegio, and PCV Stephany all played a part in a super special… Read More

The final week of site exploration began with presentations and lunch at the Mayor’s office. Like most of my meetings so far, it was shared with Stephany. Before she presented her final results from her two years of service, I was given the opportunity to introduce myself. I used the opportunity to talk about where I come from, my family, my education, my hobbies and an interesting fact. I made sure to… Read More

The second half of week 2 began with eating cuy or guinea pig. I was invited to a fair well lunch for the current volunteer Stefany at a house just around the corner from the school. When the bell rang for lunch, we walked over with the school psychologist Jose. The first plate was soup with Gina the Gallina. This was the name given to the hen when it was gifted to Stefany some time ago…. Read More

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