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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.  

We come as windows to the world our trainers say. Little do they know we are as dirty and broken as they. How can I serve as the glass through which to see, All that has shaped the person that is me? Translucent and fragile, I barely keep up. In these times I wish I was more agile. Speed is a need, but patience is the lesson. Poco a poco, this reliance… Read More

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

Sunday’s are special days in Peru. For many pepole, They symbolize togetherness, religiosity and family time. It’s a day where the markets and parks become bustling with eager shoppers and children playing games or flying kites. Others can be found attending mass and celebrating their god. For my Peruvian family, Sunday was a day to spend together, to run errands and to attend a parade that was helping celebrate los niños. It… Read More

After being in Miami for 3 days, myself and the rest of the trainees took flight for Lima. I’m always blown away by air travel like this. A metal tube, with wings, hurdling through the air at 35,000 feet, stuffed full of human beings. Some people hate the idea of airports and travel, representing to them a busy, a frustrating and unsanitary experience. For me, a privilege. There are 47 other trainees,… Read More