cbt

Written Monday, March 28, 2011 On Thursday of last week the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) group traveled to El Seibo, where we’ll spend the next several weeks in technical training for our sector (what PC calls community-based training, or CBT). This has been a really nice change from congested Santo Domingo. The community is … More cbt

volunteer visit

Written Today 🙂 On Thursday we went on our volunteer visits. Each trainee visited a current volunteer within his/her sector to get an idea of what it’s like to be an actual volunteer. My volunteer lived in Manabao, which in the mountains. It was coooooooooold! At night I to layer up with several blankets and … More volunteer visit

la raza

Written Tuesday, March 15, 2011 On Monday we discussed race in the Dominican Republic, and specially, how Dominicans view themselves. Dominicans (and most Latinos) don’t look at race as “black,” “white,” etc. but rather view their race, regardless of physical features, as solely “Dominican.” This point of view is what caused recent changes in the … More la raza

nine days in

so apparently, what i thought was the water coming (see previous blog post) was not it, and the water came for real a few days ago! i now love cold showers. they are much preferable to bucket baths with no running water. next week we go to visit current volunteers, so i’m pretty excited about … More nine days in

staging

Staging (a one-day, pre-training orientation) went well today. Tomorrow we go to the Dominican Republic. Excited, but more than that, very, very, very exhausted. My next blog update will be from the DR :). I’m still not sure that it’s fully hit me that I’m away from home for two years. Maybe it will once … More staging