Friends, Facilitation, and Foam
Trip Start Aug 19, 2008
41Trip End Oct 29, 2010
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COMMUNITY BASED TRAINING CONT.: We are in the midst of our training, with less than 3 weeks left. I conducted interviews to business owners to try and work with them in their microenterprises viewing the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunites of their informal commerical businesses
BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION: Something unique about the CED (Community Economic Development) group is that we also work with kids in coming up with actual business plans; helping facilitate business classes on concepts such as marketing, accounting, and finance. Best of all, at this competition we had to faciliate dinamicas! They are basically icebreaker games. Dominicans LOVE icebreakers no matter the age or gender. Be it children or older women, they will get on their feet and play the tangled knot game, etc. If any of you have icebreakers that you could send me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESTABA ENFERMO: However, at the business plan competition, I came down with a fever
NOCHE DE ESPUMA: That is right, there was a foam party in the city where we live. It was absolutely ridiculous, but it was packed with dominicans. It was one of the only times where as volunteers we really got to let loose. As trainees, there were definitely a lot of bonding moments, such as when the DJ played ¨Low.¨ And we did just that, shorty got low.
NEARING FINALITY: It is only one more month until we swear in as volunteers, which will solidify our titles as Peace Corps Volunteers. We have to go through a series of tests, some of which we already completed (like giving presentations in Spanish about our communities or written exams about the technical material). Don´t worry, I´ve passed all of them so far with flying colors. I mean, no one here wants us to fail or anything. At least I hope not. We will move into our permanent communities at the end of the month as well, where we will be spending the next 2 years of service.