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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…

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

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

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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…

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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….

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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!

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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…

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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…

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But also like this…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!!!

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

Peace out!