Monday, July 19, 2010

Site Assignment

Here is the moment I, and possible you, have been waiting for. Last Friday I found out that in one month I will be spending the next two years of my life in a town of 1,800 people called Cahuasquí. The town is also called ¨La Isla in El Cielo¨ because the village sits on a plateau which drops off on the sides. I will be following two other volunteers who worked on a community park and a garden for the local high school. For now, besides those two projects the rest depends on the community and what they identify as potential projects. As my main assingment is to work with youth and families I will be focusing on those two groups while interviewing the community on their needs.

I will be going to Cahuasquí tomorrow (Tuesday July, 19) for a 5 day site visit. I have already spoken to my Ecuadorian counterparts who work at the high school, my host mother, and the other volunteer who is currently at the sitr and about to finish his two years of service. Please look for into Cahuasqui and tell me what you think!!

Other than that, my days have been fairly regular. Here is my daily schedule:

4:45 - Wake-up
5:15-6:15 - Aerobics class with my aunts and 35 other women
6:30 - 7:30 - Shower and eat breakfast
8:00 - 12:30 Spanish or technical training class
12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch
13:30 - 17:00 Spanish or technical training class
17:00 - 20:00 Hanging out with my host family, having a cafecito and eating dinner
20:30 - Bed

Hope all is well at home, I miss everyone dearly and will write again after my site visit. Thanks for the posts, keep em coming,