You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here…

Hello Everyone!

So apparently, you’re going to get updated every 3 months from now on so my next post will probably be my last post of my Peace Corps service! I’m not sure if you are all going to be like…

or

Either way, let the updates begin!

The last time I posted, I was just finishing my physical therapy and regaining the mobility in my knee! I am still working on getting fully recovered but I am WAY more mobile and getting more comfortable with my knee every day!

In April, my last Omnibus 110 friend left the country which was a difficult adjustment for me. We had been in Ecuador together since day 1 and not having him here has been a transition for sure. When he left I was like…

But I’ve slowly adjusted …

And soon it will be my turn to leave…

Later on in April, I was able to assist another Volunteer with the huge project of putting on an overnight camp called GLOW (Girls Leading Our World). It was co-ed camp held over a weekend where we held workshops on sex ed., gender empowerment, HIV/AIDS prevention, self-esteem and more! It was an amazing experience, I was impressed with the leadership of the teens and how much everyone participated and learned! One night we had a dance and we showed the campers some dances from the States like…

It was also extra special because we were able to hold the camp at a center near a beach so one night we had a bonfire on the beach and the next day we got to go swimming in the ocean! I can’t even imagine the amount of work that went into planning, organizing and implementing this camp, I am truly impressed and honored that I was able to help. At the end of the weekend we were all pretty much like…

Then at the beginning of May, I was able to hold a training for the substance abuse prevention curriculum Kid’s Connection Too. If you remember from previous posts, I am the official trainer for the curriculum and bringing it to Ecuador has been one of my biggest projects in Peace Corps. Well this training was extra special because we finally opened it up to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Volunteers!

Since we have limited to no funding available, we had to organize the training for a time that they would already be in Quito and I had to hold it after normal business hours. Even with this challenge, 11 Volunteers participated in a two night training!

But that’s not it! After mentioning to the Volunteers that the curriculum is in English and that we didn’t have the funds to translate it. They discussed it and have taken on the responsibility of translating the manual! When they told me that I was like…

This means that we will now not only be able to train Volunteers but also our Ecuadorian counterparts in this curriculum! Which means that it will be even more sustainable!

I am so grateful for the work that these ladies have put into this and how passionate everyone is about this resource!

After that training, I participated in my 2nd Close of Service Conference. Since it had been 2 years since my last one, I wanted to get a refresher on all the resources and advice that was available. It was wonderful spending time with my adopted Omnibus 114 and finally coming to grips with the reality that my time in Ecuador is coming to an end. Previously when I thought of leaving  I was pretty much like…

So during the conference I was able to think about closing out my projects, saying goodbye and also preparing for my future.

As far as my projects are concerned, since I’m leaving in August I have been working to train the Programming and Training Specialist for the Youth and Families Development Program to take over for me as the new Trainer for Kid’s Connection Too! Since she is an Ecuadorian staff member, this is also a lot more sustainable since she will most likely be around for longer than a year or two and can therefore continue training well into the future! I also was able to get permission slips from parents and film a mock class for future training in Spanish! All in all I’m pretty much feeling like this for sustainability…

As a part of this training process, she came to my counterpart organization and co-taught a group with me! It was a wonderful experience! The kids loved her and continue to ask about her every week!

Since then, I have held two more groups of substance abuse prevention classes and last week held our final graduations! It was so cute handing out the “diplomas” and seeing how excited the kids were to graduate. Some of the kids that had previously participated were even bragging about how many they have!

I’m definitely going to miss them a TON!

Also, this last month we received a new group of Youth and Families/Community Health Volunteers! Last year we didn’t receive a group because of the earthquake so this is the first group we’ve had in 2 years! I was actually able to go greet them at the airport and stay with them their first couple days which was a real treat. It brought me back to when I first arrived 4 years ago and I felt like…

I really enjoyed getting to know them and answering their questions, they are such an amazing group! Since they arrived, I have done a few training activities with them and actually all this month, half of the Youth and Families Volunteers will be doing experiential learning at my counterpart organization!

Since school vacations start this week, I have finished all of my projects at my counterpart organization but since we have vacation classes, I will be helping all the new Volunteers during that time! I love working with this new group and sharing my counterpart with them has been a fun way to end my service. All in all I just get to help out by being like…

 

Soooooooo, I bet you’re now all wondering, “What’s next!?”…

Nah don’t worry, I’ll tell ya!

This next month and a half, I am planning on using my remaining vacation days to see the final items on my Ecuador “bucket list” and of course finish all of the glorious paperwork that comes with Close of Service…

After that I will be going home for a week to drop off Pippin…

Go to my best friend’s wedding…

And then promptly go to Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago with my Dad! For those of you who don’t know the Camino de Santiago or The Way of Saint James, it’s a pilgrimage that starts in France and crosses almost all of Northern Spain. It usually takes roughly a month to complete. I’ve wanted to do the pilgrimage ever since I studied in Barcelona in college and I now have the time to do it! I am also so blessed to have the opportunity to hike the pilgrimage with my Dad! I can’t think of a better way to reconnect after 4 years apart! All in all I’m pretty much a mixture of…

and

I’m sure once we get going I won’t be nearly as nervous but right now the anticipation is killing me!

After the pilgrimage, we are then going to meet my mother in Rome, spend some time together and then send Dad back home. Then my mother and I are going to travel Italy together to get in some girl time! For that part of the trip I’m definitely just like…

Then after traveling and reconnecting with my parents, I will then take off to backpack Europe on my own until I run out of funds and my bank account is like…

During all of this time, I will also be applying for Master’s programs and will hopefully be going back to school in the Fall of 2018. I’ll be keeping you posted on all of that progress as it goes!

All in all, I can’t believe that I will finally be leaving Ecuador after 4 years, but I am confident that my projects have the potential to remain sustainable and that it’s my time to go.

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!

Poco a Mucho

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I’ve really dropped the ball with posting recently! So much has been going on that time has flown by and I haven’t had much motivation to write everything down! Now it’s April and I get to catch all of you up on everything that’s gone down since last year! I know you’re all pretty much thinking…

But I hope you change your mind once you’re done reading this post!

Fortunately for you, January was pretty uneventful, I finally got out of my immobilizing brace and started physical therapy on my knee. I can’t say that it was enjoyable. I later found out that my physical therapist was having me do exercises that I shouldn’t have been doing at that level of my recovery to which I was like… 

Then after only 10 sessions, the medical staff decided that I was OK to stop physical therapy and ended my sessions without prior notice. I immediately felt like this…

I tried to go about my normal routine but I quickly realized that my original concerns were correct and that I was in no way ready to stop physical therapy. Fortunately, I brought up these concerns with the Peace Corps doctors and then requested to go to a different physical therapist and things have been going A LOT smoother!

At the new physical therapy office, I met with a doctor who gave me an evaluation and designed a treatment plan for me with my physical therapist. I’ve been going there for a while now. Last week I had to get another MRI done to make sure that my damaged tendons were healing properly and tomorrow I should get the results from that. I will then find out if I need more physical therapy or not.

Honestly, I’m sick of not being able to use my body properly, I’m STILL not able to run or jump but I am very pleased with the quality of care I’m receiving so I know I’m in good hands and that I will be able to recover and eventually do this…

In February, I got to celebrate my last Carnival in Ecuador on the coast with my friends. I had a blast going to beach and getting to relax, eat coastal food and do whatever we wanted. While most of the places were packed with people, we were in a hostel that was right on the beach a little further down from all the crowds. It was perfect! Because of my knee I was unable to do most activities so I was pretty much like…

 

Around that time I also was able to participate in and co-direct the 3rd annual Vagina Monologues in Quito! Last year I participated in them and it was a very simple performance. We each read our monologues and they were all in English, nevertheless we had a full house and a wonderful time but this year we had bigger plans.

Since women’s empowerment is still a huge issue here in Ecuador, we realized that it was crucial to have the majority of the production be in Spanish. My friend also found an actual theater that was available for us to use so that we would have a professional space. We originally didn’t have much luck recruiting women to participate but we soon found the proper space to advertise and the response was AMAZING!

In the end we recruited 18 women to participate and in just 2 weeks, with only 5 rehearsals, we put together 2 performances and raised $300 to donate to a local organization that works to eradicate sex trafficking in Ecuador!

It was extremely challenging but I was so proud of the women we worked with and the professional performance we were able to put on. It was an experience I will NEVER forget! After all was said and done we were all pretty much like…

Then shortly after all of that, 2 of my friends came to visit me from the States! We went to the Galapagos and let me tell you the entire trip was pretty much like…

We got to see giant turtles in the wild, crawl through lava tunnels, snorkel with sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, sea horses, marine iguanas and penguins! We got to see giant manta rays leaping out of the ocean, blue footed boobies doing a mating dance and watched the sun set over the ocean while drinking cocktails at a bar on the beach! All in all, I must say it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken and I’m so glad I got to share that experience with my friends!

Since returning from that epic vacation, I’ve been able to increase my workload since my knee has been recovering more and more. I have started going to my counterpart regularly again and am now working on my final projects. It’s hard to imagine that I will be leaving in August!

I wish I could just do this job forever but I know that I’m meant to move on to other adventures.

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!

Hashtag Blessed

Hello Everyone!

So, the last time I posted, I was getting ready to go to a Cheese Festival in another volunteer’s community. Let me tell you it was…

awesomesauce

I got to hang out with a lot of my favorite people and eat ALL of the cheese!!! At one point, we were pretty much like…

zombie-noms

The festival included not only cheese, chocolate and friends but also, a cheese relay race where teams had to run around town with a 40 pound block of cheese (the volunteers got 3rd place), a best dressed cuy competition (look it up, it’s great), llama races and much much more! It was pretty amazing!

After the festival, I got back to work and wrapped up the HIV/AIDS prevention group and my two substance abuse prevention groups. We had official graduations with snacks and certificates for all the groups and it was so adorable! My little kids were pretty much like…

pumped

During this time, I also had a friend visiting me from China! We didn’t get to do too much touristy stuff but he did get an authentic experience and got to meet and hang out with my Quito community! The entire time we were pretty much like…

omg-yas

After a week in Quito, my friend and I then boarded separate planes, heading for the same place…

texas

texas-walker

We both headed back to the homeland to spend some time with friends and family and to attend my big brother’s wedding!

I arrived the day before Thanksgiving and my sister-in-law and I cooked Thanksgiving dinner together! I was pretty much like…

food-is-scared

It was great to spend Thanksgiving with my family and then afterwards I got to go hang out with some of my friends! We were pretty much like…

stupid

I spent the rest of my time back home eating everything I could get my hands on and drinking ALL of the Dr. Pepper I could find! I got to catch up with friends, hang out with family and relax. It was amazing! Then I got to see my brother get married!

wedding

It was a beautiful ceremony and reception and I couldn’t be happier that I now have a new sister! My heart is like…

stoked

I am so glad that I could make it back and spend that time with family and friends.

blessed

So, after all of the celebrations I returned to my Quito family. I had a Christmas party with my co-workers and was getting ready to celebrate the holidays. Then a week after my return, I was dancing with a friend and I dislocated my knee! When it happened we were pretty much like….

panic

My friend had to put it back into place and I was pretty much just freaking out the entire time. I then called the Peace Corps doctors and was taken to the hospital the next morning. They did x-rays, an MRI and put me in a brace that immobilized my knee and then sent me on my way. I now feel like this when I’m walking around…

peg-leg

The next week I went to see a specialist and they said that I needed to keep my knee immobilized for 3 more weeks. After that we’ll check everything again and if it’s OK, then I will need to do 2 months of physical therapy. While being immobile makes me feel like…

grumpy

The fact that I don’t need surgery makes me feel like…

thank-jesus

So right now, I’m working from home. I still have around 2 more weeks of immobilization time but I’m doing alright. I can walk for a couple hours a day so I can run small errands and also, I was able to go to my friend’s Christmas dinner and celebrate with them!

christmas

I have also now had some time to start looking at Master’s programs and to start studying for the GRE so at least I’m being productive!

adult

This weekend I am also planning on having a dinner with friends for New Year’s Eve and then going to watch people burn effigies at a safe distance! Not my original plan, but I’m glad I’ll get to be with friends and participate in some of the celebration!

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!

new-year

Check Meowt!

Hello Everyone!

A lot has happened since I last posted and now that my life has gotten busier it has been difficult to find the time to sit down and write more often! Hopefully I will be able to post every two months or so from now on but we’ll see. I know you’re all like…

apathy-kitty

After my last post, one of my besties and my cousin came to visit me at the same time which was pretty much like…

party-cats

We did sightseeing around Quito and we also made it out to the beach which was like…

fancy-beach

sunglasses

It was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad I got to spend quality time with both of them, it makes being abroad a little easier when people you care about come to visit!

I am also glad that they both now know more about my life in Quito. It just makes our relationships a little more close like…

besties

So, once vacation was over and all the trips were done, I was able to get back to my projects!

In September, after almost a year in planning my biggest project in Peace Corps finally came to fruition. The CEO and Founder of an organization in Dallas called Rainbow Days came down to Quito and trained 18 Peace Corps volunteers how to facilitate their substance abuse prevention curriculum! It was a 3 day training and the entire time I just felt like….

flying

I had previously seen their curriculum in use when I was working in substance abuse prevention in Fort Worth and when I arrived in Ecuador 3 years ago I definitely saw a huge need for that work. So, with time, persistence and the unwavering support of Rainbow Days we were able to make this project a reality and start the process of bringing the curriculum to volunteers in Ecuador!

high-five

Since the training I have been getting wonderful feedback from the volunteers that have been able to implement the curriculum and I’m looking forward to hearing more!

My work with my counterpart organization has also been going really well over the last months. School started again in September and I have been able to organize and start several different projects. I restarted the youth group with my coworker that will use soccer to teach about HIV/AIDS prevention. I have also started an English Club and this week I started 2 substance abuse prevention groups! All in all I’m pretty much like…

office

Throughout all of this I also was able to go help another volunteer with a vacation camp that she held for children and youth in her community! I was only able to be there for 3 days but it was great to be able to get out of the city and be around volunteers and work with kiddos from another community. Afterwards I was feeling like this…

tired

But also like this…

excited

This month we also had our cluster meeting for all of the volunteers that are in the nearby provinces to us. As a Volunteer Leader I am responsible for running these (with the help of the other Quito Volunteer Leader) and it was great to get everyone together to share and connect. I was pretty much like…

happy-dance

This week I also was able to participate in a Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) training provided by fellow volunteers and staff about gender empowerment. It is part of the Let Girls Learn initiative that Michelle Obama spearheaded and we are now one of the pilot countries for this program! I missed the last day because I was sick but I’m definitely feeling like…

super-hero

As far as future plans are concerned, we are going to have a 5 day weekend at the beginning of November so we are going to go to a small town’s cheese and chocolate festival! I imagine I’m going to be like this the entire time…

eating

Just replace the watermelon with a giant wheel of cheese…

I also have a friend coming to visit at the end of November and I am going to be going back to the States for my brother’s wedding at the end of November as well! All in all I’m pretty much like…

happy-dance-kitten

I will hopefully be able to post in December about all of that fun so be ready!

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Also, Happy Halloween!!!

pirate

Can’t wait to see some of you for Thanksgiving!

Peace out!

 

When it Rains, it Pours…

Hello Everyone!

Well as much as I had wanted to continue writing in my blog around once a month, the universe is conspiring against me and I have found myself with no time.

disappointed

As the title of this post suggests, yes, more has happened since the last time I wrote and a lot of it hasn’t been good.

I continued working on my Substance Abuse Prevention classes with my group of kiddos at work and I also started a youth group with my coworker for the HIV prevention through soccer program.

I was very excited with how everything was going, I also adopted my kitten, Pippin! All in all I was feeling like…

happy

Then I received the news that my cousin had passed away suddenly from a heart attack. When I found out I felt like…

falling

And I immediately bought a ticket back to the States to be home with my family.

It was very difficult but I’m glad I went back so that I could support my family as much as possible. I also was glad I went back so I could grieve with everyone instead of being abroad. It’s still unbelievable and my family is all still processing everything so please keep them in your hearts and minds.

While I was home, my landlady found out that I have a kitten (I forgot to tell her previously) and the then declared that she hates cats/has a phobia of cats/is allergic to cats so insisted that my roommate and I either get rid of him or move. To which we were like…

bye felicia

So immediately upon my return from the States, I had to look for a new apartment. My roommate and I took this opportunity to look for our own separate apartments since when we first moved to Quito it was not an option because we didn’t know Quito very well.

Fortunately, through a friend, I was able to find a great apartment within my Peace Corps budget. I also was able to move into my new apartment with the help of my coworker and his nephew. I am extremely grateful for his friendship and seriously couldn’t have done it without him…

thank you

So needless to say, everything has been pretty stressful these past couple months. The kids are on vacation right now so all of my projects have been put on hold for vacation camp at work. I am enjoying the field trips with the kids and my coworkers but I’m feeling a little discouraged since I haven’t been able to follow anything through. Work wise I’m kind of feeling like…

discouraged

Fortunately, for my mental health, I did get a visitor this month! My friend came down and while she was here we got to do some sightseeing in Quito and she joined me for a hike to Quilotoa, a crater lake in a dormant volcano. The hike took us through farmlands and indigenous villages tucked away in the mountains. The views were breathtaking!!! The entire time we were pretty much like…

awe

However the hiking was way more difficult than we originally thought and at the end of the day we were like…

tired

While it was definitely a challenge, it was definitely worth it. I am so glad that my friend was there to do it with me and that we got to have that adventure together. We are definitely like…

sam and frodo

Those are some memories that will last a lifetime and that visit made me feel like…

recharged

So now I am in my new apartment, with Pippin, and I am preparing myself for another visit! My friend and my cousin are planning on coming to visit in August! We are going to go to the coast for some relaxation and then do some sightseeing in Quito!

While I feel bad about taking vacation after so recently being in the States, I am definitely pumped about them being here with me and getting to show them around Ecuador! We’re going to be like…

beach spud

Hopefully after this trip, I’ll be able to start planning my projects for the new school year that starts in September. We will also be having the Substance Abuse Prevention training that I’ve been working so hard on and I am hoping to expand my projects at my work and with Peace Corps. If all goes to plan I’ll also be attending a training on Women’s Empowerment so…

feminist rants]

While this year has been very difficult, I still remain optimistic that things will all work out.

In the meantime, I’ll try to keep you posted as much as the universe allows.

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!

Picking Up the Pieces…

Hello Everyone!

I am sorry it has taken me so long to write again, as you may have noticed in the news, things in Ecuador have been pretty hectic recently.

March and April were rough months for pretty much everyone I know.

In March, two of my friend’s mothers passed away within weeks of each other which just felt like…

how can it be

All I wanted to do was go home and support them but unfortunately, volunteer budgets do not allow for last minute trips to the States. Instead, I am trying to support them, as much as possible from here, but I must admit it’s difficult.

Then on April 16th there was a 7.8 earthquake on the coast of Ecuador that killed over 650 people. Fortunately, Quito (where I live) was not severely impacted by the earthquake and all of the Volunteers were safe. However, there were THOUSANDS of Ecuadorians that were injured, many missing and now even more are currently homeless. Watching all of this unfold in a country that you consider your second home was like…

awful

After everything happened, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers stepped up and immediately started collecting donations to help the affected areas. Since currently serving volunteers can’t accept financial contributions, they were the link that made it possible for us to help on the ground.

Also, since currently serving volunteers were living in some of the most impacted areas, we were able to communicate with local community members and ask what resources they needed so that we could send supplies to the areas that weren’t receiving media attention.

Once the immediate emergency level of the situation subsided, the volunteers decided that it was now best to focus our efforts on the rebuilding process. As I mentioned before, THOUSANDS of people are homeless and since most structures in Ecuador are built by cement, the reconstruction effort is daunting at best. There are now tent cities popping up all over the coast which will create a different set of issues ranging from hygiene to crime. So with the media attention subsiding, it is even more imperative to focus on different kind of relief efforts in the affected areas. It’s going to be a long process but this small country is strong and will hopefully rise to the challenge.

I want to take this time to say THANK YOU to everyone who reached out and donated to the relief efforts. It means a lot to me that you helped support in any way you could. While we all feel very helpless, we are trying our best to help our families here in Ecuador. So,

thank you

In more personal news, the Substance Abuse Prevention Training project I was working on was postponed because of the earthquake which was disappointing, but also expected once the details of the disaster started coming in.

Fortunately, the project will continue, but I’m now concerned about sustainability since they also had to cancel the arrival of the newest group of trainees that were supposed to arrive this week. I am sure it will all work out but my 4th year definitely looks a lot different than it did a couple months ago. I’m still feeling like this though…

everything alright

Now that things are getting (kind of) back to normal, I have been able to start different projects at my counterpart organization. I am currently working on substance abuse prevention classes and I’m also going to start teaching the HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum my counterpart and I were trained in a couple months ago…

happy

I am also looking forward to having several visitors over the summer! In July, one of my friends is coming to visit and in August, my friend AND my cousin are coming to visit all of which makes me feel like…

happy 2

I also recently bought a ticket back home for my brother’s wedding in December so ALL of my current and future vacation days are BOOKED! I better get medically cleared to stay another year or I’ll be like…

freak out

But I’m obviously optimistic about everything so no worries!

In other small (but big to me) news, I got a slow cooker and I’m considering adopting a kitten! Both unrelated to one another, but equally exciting…

sqeal

Well that’s all I have for now! Hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!

PS. If you’re interested in helping out with relief efforts please feel free to contact me and I can get you any information you’d like!

Big News in Little Ecuador

Hello Everyone!

I have a lot of stuff to share with you all and this post might be a little long so…

deal with it

At the end of January I got to be a judge for an English singing competition at a high school a volunteer works at in Quito. They sang songs ranging from “Eternal Flame” to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and we were all pretty much like…

this is awesome

Then in February Carnival happened! I went to the beach like I do every year and I got to go snorkeling with a fellow Volunteer Leader and visited some of my favorite beaches. I ended up camping with some of my other friends and I pretty much felt like this the entire weekend…

giphy

Then on my last night on the coast my roommate came down with some of his friends that were visiting from the States and we had so much fun!!! We played Carnival, which basically involves getting soaked with water and spray foam. It was pretty much like…

foam

Also during Carnival weekend I got terrible news that my aunt wasn’t doing well with her chemo treatments and she ended up passing away shortly after I received the news. It was difficult news to get and it was even more difficult since I was so far away from my family. I am grateful to my friends here in Ecuador and my family and friends back home that helped support me during that time. Thanks guys…

i love you

After Carnival we had a meeting for the LGBTQ volunteer support group which is one of my favorite times! I got to hang out with volunteers that I don’t usually get to see and then after we supported each other, we went out dancing! I was pretty much like…

dancing

It was so much fun!!! I am so happy to be a part of that lovely group with all those amazing people! It just makes my heart feel like…

happy

Work has also been going great over the last few months! I’ve been starting to suggest different project ideas at my counterpart agency and they’ve been super receptive and supportive of all my ideas. At the end of this month I’m going to have a volunteer come do a training on positive reinforcement with my coworkers.

fist pump

I recently got permission for one of my coworkers and I to go to a Recycled Art Conference that Peace Corps is putting on. I also got permission for another coworker and I to go to a training in Guayaquil on Grassroots Soccer which is a curriculum for HIV/AIDS prevention that’s combined with soccer!

Genius-new

My projects have also been growing a lot with Peace Corps and I’m super excited! An organization that I collaborated with in the States has not only agreed to let us use their substance abuse prevention curriculum here but they are also flying down to Quito to train a group of volunteers for FREE! I’m so excited I’m like…

high five

They’re also going to make me an official trainer so I’ll hopefully be able to continue training volunteers here and keep the project going!

crossing_fingers_kevin_bacon

Because of my projects growing and taking off I have some other big news to share!

I’M GOING TO EXTEND MY SERVICE FOR ANOTHER YEAR!!!

say what

Yup! I’ve decided that my projects would have a better chance of becoming sustainable if I’m around so I decided to go ahead and stay and keep working on them for yet another year. I’m still in the process of finalizing everything but I wanted to go ahead and let everyone know that apparently I’m going to stay here forever…

for ev er

This now means that (if everything goes smoothly) I will be finishing with Peace Corps in August of 2017. Don’t worry, I am going to come back for Thanksgiving and for my brother’s wedding in December so I will get to see everyone over the holidays. This also means that people can come visit me in Quito for another year!

warriors

Speaking of visitors, I am actually going to be getting 2 visitors coming down in a week! My friend who has already visited me twice (she’s a better friend than you’ll ever be) is coming down to visit AGAIN! At the same time my Spanish professor and friend is also going to be coming down that same week! It’s going to be so much fun! I will let you know how it goes I’m sure it’s going to be like…

party fun times

I’m so happy with my life here and my projects that I am very excited to see where this next year and a half takes me!

Well that’s all I have for now! Hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace out!