“Sigo Siendo el Rey!”

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it’s taken a while for me to write again, as usual, since the last time I posted a blog soooo much has happened!

I had my last going away parties in Celica and had to say goodbye…

sad1

I then successfully moved all of my stuff up to Quito! Which was pretty much like…

tupper

I unpacked and was here a week before going to the States for a month!

Being back home was AMAZING!!!

I was pretty much like…

shark week

And this…

i just wanna eat

I got to go to Colorado with my family, spend a week my best friend, float the Comal river, visit my family in Houston and spend time catching up with everyone in Fort Worth! All in all it made my heart feel like…

excited chris p

I want to say thank you to everyone who offered me a place to stay during my visit home. At one point I had keys to 5 of my friend’s houses in my purse! I also want to thank my friend for letting me borrow his car and for all of the people who drove me around town! You all reminded me how lucky I am, I don’t know what I’d do without you guys! It just makes me feel like…

right-here-bro

You’re all welcome to come visit me in Ecuador!!! I promise to take care of you and repay your kindness with all of the fun!

So after I left the States I came back right in time for Midservice training for Omnibus 112. It was great seeing my friends and getting to train them on different topics throughout the week! I also got to see some of my friends from my Omnibus that were there for training and all in all it was pretty much like…

dance party

Then after that training we had a week long training about Monitoring and Evaluation at the office which I thought was going to be like…

bored

But ended up being like…

fascinating

After that I had a week to kind of relax and get myself organized in Quito and then I went BACK to the States again for the 1st annual Global Leadership Summit with the Peace Corps!

When I got DC I went to my hotel room where I had a room all to myself with a KING SIZED BED!!!! When I walked in I was pretty much like…

excited 3

I then got to see two of my Returned Peace Corps Volunteer friends from Ecuador!!! Needless to say we had an adventure and I was pretty much like…

its all happening

The next day I went to the Summit in West Virginia where I had the honor of being 1 of the 6 Volunteer Leaders selected out of the entire agency to participate. It was an EXTREMELY humbling experience and I was pretty much like…

one boob at a time

It was truly incredible to be able to participate alongside almost every Country Director, the selected Host Country National employees and Headquarters staff. To be honest, no one warned me how big of a deal this was and when I walked into dinner the first night I was pretty much like…

confused run

Fortunately, I adjusted quickly (like us volunteers know how to do) and was able to network, advocate and appreciate this incredible opportunity.

During the week, we had A LOT of focus groups and I was able to be like…

tell you everything

Also, part of the week was dedicated to figuring out…

what do you do here

Because they’re trying to make the Volunteer Leader position more defined across the agency.

During the summit we had various speakers and workshops and I was able to think of new ways to improve our post in Ecuador and the agency as a whole.  It was a lot to take in and at the end of every day I was exhausted and pretty much like…

sweatpants

I hope I represented Ecuador and my fellow volunteers well and I can definitely say it was an amazing experience!

After the Summit I got back to DC and I got to see my best friend who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Togo! I got to hang out with her and her fiancé and it was pretty much like….

rofling

She is also coming to visit me for Christmas this year so I’m obviously EXTREMELY excited about that!

So I finally returned to my sweet, sweet Ecuador Saturday night and I immediately went out to see some of my friends here. It is so nice to have that friend community to welcome you back and to go on adventures together with you. Once I went to bed I was pretty much like…

love my life

And then on Sunday I was like…

day long nap

This next month will be busy as I transition fully into my new role and try to find a Counterpart Agency to work with for my next year. I am so grateful for everything and everyone in my life and these last few months have definitely reminded me of how lucky I am.

I hope this next year can live up to the expectations I’m putting on it!

Either way I’ll be keeping you posted!

Thanks again for all of your love and support! I couldn’t do any of this without you!

the best

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

Peace out!

Closing Time…

Hello Everyone!

So since the last time I wrote you I have been all over Ecuador and back again!

I had my last cluster meeting down south where I was able to see some of my Loja and Cuenca friends and then I made my way back up to Quito for our LGBTQ volunteer support group! The Friday I arrived I took a nap and then was awakened by my friend jumping on me screaming that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality!!! Needless to say we were all like…

excited happy

So we had our meetings/celebrated and then the next afternoon happened to be Quito Pride! I had so much fun watching the parade and performances and dancing the night away! All in all we were pretty much like…

machine

Also one of my friends from college happened to be traveling through Quito at the same time I was there so I was able to see him and catch up a bit which was like…

such a good friend

After cluster meeting and pride, I then went back to Celica and had my last party with my Kid’s Club.

sadface 2

I taught them about how we celebrate the 4th of July, we watched a video, colored some patriotic pictures and we even got to play with sparklers! It was a lot of fun and the kids were all like…

freak out 2

And because there was fire, I had to be like…

crazy pedal

But we had a blast and nobody caught on fire! It was definitely a great way to say goodbye to my kiddos!

For the real 4th of July I went up to visit the most northern volunteers from me since I hadn’t gone to visit them for the entire 2 years I’ve been here. I had fun spending time with them and seeing some volunteers that are now finished with their service. For the 4th we grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and were all like…

all of the food

We also swam in a pool, played with the extra sparklers and listened to the National Anthem about a million times…

usa

After the 4th I went back to Celica and started packing up my room. It’s crazy how quickly time has passed by and how much stuff one accumulates after living somewhere for 2 years! If I wasn’t moving to Quito I would definitely be leaving all of this stuff behind and only taking my backpack but since that is not the case I’m pretty much like…

packing

After getting most of my stuff ready to go, I had to go back up to Quito again for Volunteer Leader training. That was a lot of fun because I got to learn about all of the fun things I’ll be doing this next year and I got to hang out with my friends who are also staying! During that week I got to drive a car around Quito, eat sushi, go to a dinner party and have a movie night! Living in Quito is definitely going to be…

totally awesome

So after Volunteer Leader training I finally got to come back to my sweet celestial Celica! I will be here for about another week and then I’ll be moving my stuff all the way to Quito. Before I go though, a friend is coming to visit me so I’ll get to have a final visitor!

excited

After that I will have my last going away parties and then I will close this chapter of my life!

I’m sad to leave Celica, since it has been my home for the last two years but I know good things await me in Quito. I’m excited to continue this journey and I will make sure I keep you posted during my next year of service!

I will be back in the states next month so don’t expect an update until September!

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

Peace out!

The End is Nigh!

Hello Everyone!

Well since I’ve been back in site not too much has happened.

Shortly after arriving, I found out that the closest volunteer to me had to return back to the States for medical reasons. This made me feel like…

troy emotions

But I was able to see her before she left and say goodbye. Plus I know I’ll see her either back in the States or here so after saying goodbye I was pretty much like…

you get out of here

Once I was back in Celica I tried to start teaching at the schools again but our schedules didn’t work out. Instead I decided to just tell the kids that they could come to my kid’s club activities if they wanted. When I told the kids I was leaving at the end of July, they were mostly just like…

shrug

Which I thought was hilarious and definitely made it much easier to share the news.

So I started my kid’s club again and my regular kids are still attending which makes my heart feel like…

yaay

I told them that we’re going to have a 4th of July party at the end of the month and that will also be my going away party. They were a lot more upset to hear that I was leaving but they understood and were excited about having one last party.

I was also originally going to hold kid’s club once a week since I will be leaving soon but the kids begged me to have activities twice a week so I was just like…

ill allow it

Since there’s only a little time left I figured I should give the kids what they want. Also since I’m leaving soon whenever they act like this…

kids_are_actually_crazy_little_people_21

I’m just like…

Phil-Thumbs-Up

During this last month I was also able to go up to Quito to meet the new trainees and do a couple training activities with them! It was great to get to know the newest group that I will be supporting throughout their service. I also got to hang out with other current volunteers while I was there and all in all the entire experience made me feel like…

dance party

After the training activities in Quito I went all the way back to Loja for my friend’s wedding!!!! After traveling for over 14 hours, I arrived and then was told that we were immediately going out to a club! So I went to the club in my traveling clothes and everyone I was with was like…

party

And I was just like…

sleep

I still had a blast though and woke up the next day, ready to go to the wedding and dance some more!

The wedding was so beautiful and I was so happy that a lot of current and former volunteers were there! We had a blast celebrating our friend’s marriage! The reception had a “vaca loca”, photo booth, open bar and a pool which the bride, groom and several volunteers ended up in by the end of the night. All in all we were pretty much like…

freak out

Definitely an amazing wedding! So much fun!

So now I’m back in Celica and next week I will be traveling again for cluster meetings and support groups! This last month and a half is going to be busy!

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

Peace out!

“The Hard is What Makes it Great.”

Hello Everyone!

Well the last time I left you I was finishing my first week of vacation classes which consisted of many fun activities, my favorite being the battle presentations between Virginia and North Carolina. Which were pretty much like…

cute-fight

North Carolina won that round but I have a feeling it’s not over yet.

Well the second week of camp was definitely a little more exciting than the first. I had two different volunteers come to help and since it also happened to be rainy season here in Celica, my classroom flooded! Twice! The first time it happened we were like…

point and run

And then when it happened again we were pretty much like…

shrug

So after that we had to cancel our afternoon classes and only hold them in the morning since it usually rains in the afternoon/evening. Flooding and landslides continued to happen all around, it was much worse than last year and at times the roads going in and out of Celica were totally blocked off. When I traveled during this time I was pretty much like…

shocked

However, they’re used to this weather and they usually had a bulldozer quickly at the scene to clear off the road (or at least one lane) so traffic could come through. I must say, this was a unique experience for me but it became the norm for that month or so.

life

Regardless of the flooding and landslides we still were able to have a very successful last week of camp. That week I had three different volunteers come to help! We did kindness activities and our last activity (and my personal favorite) was an Easter party! I taught the kids about how we celebrate Easter in the States. Then we made bunny ears for the kids to wear and Easter egg baskets and then we had our own Easter egg hunt!!! It was sooooo much fun! All of the kids were like…

fangirl

And the adults were like…

cheering_minions

It was a perfect way to end the classes and I am so happy that I was able to hold this final vacation class with my fellow volunteers!

Well after my vacation classes I got to go help some volunteers that live close to me with their summer activities. I had so much fun hanging out in their community, getting to know their kiddos and harmonizing all day and all night! (Ba da dummmm…)

seal

I was very happy that I got to participate and hang out with those volunteers in their element! Many memories were made!

Then after that camp my parents came down to visit!!!!

We conquered Quito in a day and then moved on to Peru! After spending a few days in Cusco, taking day tours to various Inca ruins and exploring the city, I took off on my own adventure to hike the Inca Trail!

proud

The Inca trail is usually a 4 day hike but because of raining and landslides (sound familiar?) they made it into a 3 day hike so we had to walk even more each day than normal to which I was like…

what have i done 2

The first day was the easiest day and by the end of it I did NOT want to know what the hard days were going to be like. The weather was sunny and hot, I was sweating like crazy and trying hard to stay hydrated and not get sunburned. We passed by two Inca ruins and walked a good hour or so uphill before getting to camp. When we were done I stretched, changed out of my sweaty clothes, ate and then was pretty much like…

Monsters-Inc-Boo-nap-gif

Just so you know, when you hike the Inca trail you’re required to go with a company and that company hires porters to carry all of the food, tents etc. These porters also cook all of the food, set up the tents etc. (the food is amazing by the way). Sooooo these local Peruvian men carry these HUGE packs that are about the same size as they are and they literally RUN past us on the trail. It’s truly impressive and whenever they passed us I was just like…

seriously

Well we got up early the next day with room service. They brought us tea to our tents which I promptly spilled and had to clean up with some of my clothes…

ug

I was carrying all of my stuff on the first day but our guide recommended that we hire a porter for the second day so I took his advice and I’m glad I did. On the second day the climate was more transitional and a lot colder than the day before. We hiked 3 straight hours uphill up to an altitude of around 14,000 ft. at Dead Woman’s pass. Needless to say, I was pretty much like…

breathe

While we had some quick hikers in our group, I was definitely of the mindset, slow and steady wins the race. I wouldn’t stop and instead would just slow my pace to about like this…

slow-down-i-wanna-get-there-alive_786

Because I knew if I stopped, it would be much harder for me to get started again. After we finished with Dead Woman’s pass, we then had to hike 1 ½ hours downhill to eat lunch then 2 more hours uphill again. During the 2 hour hike up, it started pouring down rain and OF COURSE my rain gear was in my bag with the porter.

bang head

So for the second half of the hike I was just soaking wet and freezing. When we finally got to camp I changed out of my cold wet clothes, ate and was like…

fall over fail

That night was soooo cold that I actually used the mummy part of my sleeping bag and tucked myself in only to wake up later in the night and have a panic attack because I couldn’t get myself out of there!

Once I made it out of my sleeping bag alive I was definitely like…

laughing

The third day was pretty much all downhill…

Can_i_get_a_hallelujah

I was back to carrying my pack again and since everything was soaking wet from the day before, it felt like it weighed twice as much as the first day. I was definitely pleased that it was all downhill until the pressure from going down all of the stairs for so long started to hurt my knee. The views were spectacular and I was kind of sad that we were almost finished but my knee was ready. For the last 2 hours of the hike I had to go very slowly which made me feel like I was doing this to everyone…

bean-old-people-o

At the very end of the hike, before you make it to the Sun Gate (where you first see Machu Picchu) there are steps nicknamed “The Gringo Killers”. While there aren’t that many of these steps, they are definitely a little terrifying. They are extremely steep and you almost have to climb them like a ladder. I felt like I was going to fall backwards a few times with my pack. But once we were over those final steps we were like…

fist pump

We got to the Sun Gate and it was over! We were finally there! It was definitely an amazing, once in a lifetime, experience and I’m glad that I did it.

After we arrived, we hung out at the Sun Gate for a little bit and then made it down closer to Machu Picchu where we took some group pictures. We looked around for a minute and then headed down to Aguas Calientes where we spent the night in a hostel! We got showers but unfortunately most of us had to put back on dirty clothes to which we were all like…

gross

The next day we went back up to Machu Picchu, had a tour and I said goodbye to my group. My parents (who were playing around in Cusco this entire time) then met up with me at the entrance and I took another tour with them!

Fortunately, my parents brought me clean clothes and dry shoes so after our tours I was able to shower and change!

The next day we went back up to Machu Picchu and even though I had hurt my knee, I climbed back up to the Sun Gate with my Dad.

regret-nothing

Once we were done with the hike we walked around a little more and then headed back to Cusco.

On the train back, we got to see a fashion show of Peru Rail’s clothing line. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip because it was an entire production with music and everything. The female employee was definitely model material and confidently walked down the aisle. Then the poor awkward male employee walked briskly down the aisle ready to be out of the spotlight and it was obvious that he was like…

uncomfortable

I felt bad for the guy but it was hilarious and he was such a good sport about it.

Shortly after my parents went back to the States after our grand adventure, my Omnibus (training group) had our Close of Service conference. It was great to see everyone all in one place again but it was crazy to think about how quickly two years passed by! I now only have about 2 more months left in Celica and then I will be moving to Quito. On the one side I’m like…

feelings

And on the other I’m like…

change

Well during our week long conference together, we definitely made a lot more memories involving a lot of karaoke and dancing! Then afterwards a few of us stayed for medical exams which aren’t so fun but the company was great! I ended up staying a few extra days and then got sick so then I was forced to stay a few more and then I finally made it back to Celica and was like…

dead

Honestly, it’s hard to imagine continuing for another year without the rest of my Omnibus here to support me through it. It’s definitely going to be hard but in the famous words of Tom Hanks…

hard makes it great

So I am looking forward to wrapping up my current adventure and moving on to the next one in Quito. I am also looking forward to coming back home for a month BEFORE starting my adventure in Quito. I will be keeping you posted on the official dates!

So for now I am meeting with community members and letting them know that I will be leaving soon and I am planning a going away party for my kiddos that will hopefully be…

amazing

Don’t worry the adventure is not over yet and I will keep you posted on what’s to come!

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

Peace out!

The Colombian Experience!

Hello Everyone!

The last time I left you, the schools in Celica were about to go on their summer breaks and I was about to go take a trip to Colombia! I had successfully set up a Red Cross youth group with my counterpart and I was feeling like…

happy dance

But as I had expected, once I left for vacation and summer break started everything was like…

crash

To which I was like…

I told you so

Apparently they haven’t had any meetings since I was gone and we’re going to just try to pick it back up in May once school has started and everyone is back from traveling!

But enough about that! I’m sure you’re more interested in hearing about my trip to Colombia! Well, one of my friends came down from the States and we got to travel to Bogota and Cartagena! We were able to do a lot of sightseeing and touristy things which I learned I am not very good at! Most of the time I’m pretty much like…

I want to do nothing

I am definitely more of a fan of exploring the culture and seeing daily life, I am also apparently a huge fan of beaches and guinea pig races!

woo hoo

During our time there, we stayed in hostels with backpackers from around the world. I must admit I am used to traveling with other volunteers and after talking and hanging out with some of them I was pretty much like…

amateur hour

While I did enjoy seeing this side of traveling, I definitely think I prefer to travel with more experienced travelers.  Fortunately we did end up running into some which was definitely a breath of fresh air and made me feel like…

bare necessities

It would take forever to tell you EVERYTHING we did so some of the highlights of our trip included, taking a cable car to Montserrat to see a beautiful view of Bogota, the Botero museum, cuy races, accidentally going to the biggest gay bar in Colombia, playa blanca, riding in a speed boat on the ocean, street food, performance art and making Colombian friends. After looking back at everything I’m kinda shocked at how much we got to do!

i can have it all

Some of the less than enjoyable experiences but memorable ones were, getting told to leave a neighborhood, someone in our group getting pick pocketed, witnessing a bribe, unwanted massages, interesting chat sessions and getting lost on the bus! All in all those experiences kinda made me feel like…

frustrated

In the end, this trip definitely made me appreciate Ecuador a little more and made me a bit more excited to move to Quito to see what my life will be like there. The possibility of actually having friends is kind of amazing to me since all of my friends in Celica are in elementary school and my social life pretty much consists of this…

lalalala

Speaking of my Celica friends! Once I arrived back in Celica, I immediately got started with vacation classes with my kids group! I currently have around 15 kids participating which isn’t shocking since most families travel during vacations and it’s also rainy season so apparently parents don’t send their kids out when it’s raining…

office-karen-shrug

I’m still excited with the turnout though and I really enjoy working with the kids, plus I have other volunteers coming to help me with the classes so I get to have company which makes me all like…

excited goat

I still have 2 more weeks of classes and several visitors coming to help so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

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

Peace out!

Pleasantly Surprised!

Hello Everyone!

As usual, a lot has happened since the last time I posted so get ready!!!

So the last time I left you, my counterpart had finally stepped up to the plate and was talking about recruiting youth volunteers for the Red Cross. When he actually followed through with it I was like…

surprised turtle

But, one thing that always seems to happen when my counterpart is involved, is that he tends to overbook himself and then I usually end up doing everything alone. Because of this I have decided to not agree to do anything that I wouldn’t want to do alone so when he goes overboard with suggestions I just say…

not doing that

So far this has been a successful technique for making him actually follow through on his plans. Plus it’s entertaining for me to see his reactions when I shoot him down.

In the end, our recruitment was successful. We now have 12 steady members of our youth group that are coming every Thursday and Saturday for meetings/training! We technically need 20 people to receive formal training but I’m just happy we have this many!

But of course, now that we finally have our group formed and ready, summer break is coming in March/April which makes me feel like…

ugh

Hopefully we’ll be able to continue our activities during and after the break. I’ll keep you posted!

Outside of the youth group I have still been holding my weekly Kid’s Club! Our most recent activity was a Valentine’s Day party!!! I invited another volunteer to come help me and we made Valentine’s Day cards with the kids and decorated envelopes to put their cards in! As usual the kids were like…

excited

And of course it was so much fun! I got a ton of Valentine’s Day cards from my kiddos (humble brag) and my favorite says “You are very big and very smart”

nailed-it

After Valentine’s Day I got to go to the coast and celebrate Carnaval with some other volunteers. During the celebrations we were hit with water balloons, had buckets of water dumped on our heads and got covered in spray foam! All in all it was pretty much like…

hilarious

I had so much fun getting to go to the beach and hang out with my friends, I really didn’t want to go back to cold, rainy Celica and was pretty much like…

nooooo

But alas, I am here and back to work!

Next week is the last week of the school year and then summer break will be here in March! Also in March I am going to travel to Columbia with one of my friends from the States! Whenever I think about it I’m pretty much like…

happy dance 3

After the trip I will then be holding vacation classes with the Red Cross for the kids so they’ll have something fun and educational to do during their break! Needless to say I’m pretty busy getting everything prepped, I’m kind of like…

going to pass out

But these are my last 6 months in Celica so I want to make the most of them!

Speaking of last 6 months… I have an announcement to make for those who may not already know… drum roll please….

drumroll

 

I AM STAYING ANOTHER YEAR IN ECUADOR!!!

At the beginning of this month I was offered a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader position in Quito which means I will be staying an extra year starting in September! With this job I will work with another counterpart agency in Quito and I will also work with training and supporting other volunteers!

While I’m definitely like…

happy dance 2

I’m also of course kind of like…

r2

But I will get to go home and visit for 30 days in August so hopefully that will make the transition easier!

So much is happening and I am so excited about the future! I can’t believe it has almost been 2 years, time really does fly.

 

Soooo in other random news, I recently discovered that I have a rat in my kitchen!

eww

I told my landlady about it and she told me to poison it, I asked her if she had any poison and then told her I would buy some later. Then right after I had gotten out of the shower, I heard her calling my name. I peeked out my door and was kind of like…

what is happening

She was then like…

come here 2

She had some rat poison and wanted to show me where to put it… I was like…

what

and showed her that I was only wearing a towel… To which she was like…

don't even care

After much back and forth I finally just went with her to see where to put the poison. Of course as soon as we walked in the kitchen the rat ran across the floor and we were both like…

scared 1

She then grabbed a broom and hit it and made it run across the room again and then we were like…

scared

After the whole affair I was pretty much like…

the lord is testing me

In the end, we just left the poison and shut the door behind us and I learned that you should never try to poison a rat naked.

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

Peace out!

Happy Poo Year!!! (See what I did there!?)

Happy New Year Everyone!

As you can imagine, soooooo many things have happened since the last time I was able to write so brace yourselves! This is going to be a novel! I know you’re all like…

excited liz

When I last left you, I was hanging around waiting for Celica’s Annual Fiestas to come and go so I could actually hold activities again. Well the fiestas came and went and the highlights, for me, were the open houses at the schools and of course the county parade in which everyone walking in it was like…

barney-bored

And all of the kids were either like…

dance

or like…

animal

After all of the fiesta fun subsided, I held two different Christmas activities for the kids. At one, we made reindeer horns and watched the Claymation Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and at the other we played Christmas BINGO! Both had a ton of kids and were a huge success! Afterwards we were pretty much like…

excited anchorman

The best part was definitely when we played a blackout round for BINGO and I told them there would be only one winner and it would be the person who yelled, “BINGO!” the loudest… Well…. I forgot that we only had 25 words and 25 spaces so at around word 20 I realized that everyone was going to BINGO at the same time! I continued anyways and when I called out the last word it was pretty much like…

excited crazy

Needless to say it was HILARIOUS and I was like…

little thought

And just gave everyone a prize!

After the Christmas activities my boyfriend came to visit me from the States for the holidays! That definitely made me feel like…

happy charging puppies

Then within 24 hours of him being here I got food poisoning aannnnnd…

pooped pants

Soooooo romantic right!?

Well, honestly, I really thought I would be able to get through 2 years of Peace Corps without saying that but alas, I did not.

Fortunately, the food poisoning was over within a few hours and then we were still able to go site seeing!

travel kitty

We then went to a town in the jungle where we got to hang out with monkeys, raft and relax a little bit!

For New Year’s Eve we were able to see a lot of the traditional festivities.

Like last year, the town we were in burned effigies that represent the bad luck of the last year which is pretty much like….

fire

But unlike last year, we encountered a lot more of another tradition I hadn’t seen much of. In Ecuador, for New Year’s Eve, men will dress up like the widows of the last year and ask people for money. It is normal to give them small change or they will bother you until you do!

However, instead of actually dressing like widows, like you might imagine, the men just dress in ridiculous drag and run around harassing other men! It was AMAZING! All in all it was pretty much like…

drag

So New Year’s was a blast and then New Year’s Day came we were BOTH sick! At that point we were just like…

on the floor dying

Fortunately though, we were able to go back to Celica so he could see my work and home and we were able rest up before making our trip back to the airport. I must admit when he left I was kind of like…

dead inside

But thankfully, the school year was starting again when I got back so I was able to just jump right in!

I was also really busy recently because an organization from the States that I worked with before coming here, agreed to collaborate with us and train us to use their curriculum here in Ecuador! This makes me feel like…

yes! happy

So last weekend I got to go help train 3 more volunteers to facilitate the curriculum! I’m hoping that this project will continue to grow and that we will be able to use the curriculum with our next training class coming in May!

This week, my counterpart also stepped up to the plate and went with me to try to recruit new volunteers for the Red Cross youth group! If we have at least 20 volunteers, we will be able to hold First Aid training for the next 3 consecutive weekends, to which I am like…

responsibility

To be honest, given our track record, I am not looking forward to restarting the youth group just to watch it do this…

fail jump

But I have to be optimistic that my counterpart is ready to follow this through! I will definitely be keeping you posted!

Sooooo after my aforementioned Christmas activities, I have had a lot of kids asking me when we would be starting Kid’s Clubs again! This was actually one of the first times that the kids were actively harassing me to do more activities and I gotta admit it kinda made me feel like…

high five

So I restarted Kid’s Club this week! Yesterday we talked about winter in the States and drew snowmen since we can’t make snowmen down here! And because of that activity this has been stuck in my head for days!!!!

snowman

You’re welcome!

All in all, things have been busy, fun and successful. I can’t wait to see what the last 6 months of my service holds!

I hope everyone’s holidays were wonderful and thank you again to everyone who was able to send something down for me and the kids! It definitely made me feel like…

surpirsed-baby

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

Peace out!