Leaving for the PCV Site Visit

Trip Start Feb 06, 2007
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Friday, February 23, 2007

So, I have finished another week of intense training here in the pueblo of Guarambare. Training is very intense, but I learn so many new things every day. Yesterday, we had a mission impossible type scavenger hunt type thing to the nationīs capital ..Asuncion. We were in pairs. My partner and I left at 530 am to catch the 630 am bus from Guarambare. Keep in mind, the walk to the pueblo is an hour. I thought we were on the wrong bus, but you know me...I am not afraid to ask someone questions...itīs the whole ADHD thing. So we got to our stop...finding the right bus was a challenge in and of itself. Our first mission was to explore the Mercado Cuatro and find prices for school uniforms, materials, etc. Then, we went to ABC COlor...a leading PY newspaper to ask for book donations to a AIDS childrenīīs hospital that we are working with. They gave us so many materials that we had to come back in a PC vehicle to get the rest. Carrying those things on the bus is just not a good idea. You wouldnīt believe the number of people who just board the buses when it stops to sell things...crazy! Drivers of any type of vehicle in PY do not adhere to any laws whatsoever. If you literally put one finger out of the window...you would have a great chance of losing it at any given point in transport.

We found our way to the PC office in Asuncion. The crazy guards wouldnīt let me into the American embassy which was near the PC office. CAnīt believe it! They needed to see my Visa..which PC has kidnapped. I was like...how are you saying I canīt enter my own embassy.hellooooo...could someone that speaks English guard our own embassy......also, you wouldnīt believe the amount of security at the embassy. Other emabassies are near by but they donīįt have near as much of a security presence as we do. It was like going back to DC. In Asuncion..there are so many cars...so many people...so many things going on...itīs a very unclean city for the most part in my opinion. But, other groups got to see some more beautiful spots the city offers.

For the first time in PY, I was offended as an American because I saw so much graffiti on the walls of Buildings denouncing Pres. Bush as a terrorist and other estranged sayings. I was offended...no matter how bad some policies can be from our political reps in DC...he is my president and I donīt think that was a nice thing...I was offended.

Did you know that 98% of people in PY have parasites. We had a big session on parasites again today. Crazy. I am now trained to look for the signs in children when I am working with them in the schools to detect in the parasites are active. The pictures we saw were just horrendous. Did you knowt hat 60% of the people in PY are illiterate...school is only mandatory up until 9th grade ... it is free until then, after that you have to pay. however, you can drop out at any time and not be harassed by truancy police like we have in the states. īThey only go to school for 4 hours a day, Mon thru Friday. Learned so much about the PY school system in the past couple of days. You have to think ... that this country is just getting over a dictator, who just recently died. This is a very young democratic country..the first group of students are just now finishing 9th grade from when they began the school system back in their Kind. years..the big ed reform act was in 94. Very, very young democracy here. Even still, the party of the dictator )Colorado= is still in power...but it isnīt a dictatorship.

So, I am leaving tomorrow for my PCV Site visit. I am visiting a PCV out in the campo...about 5 hours away from my community. I will spend all day tomorrow traveling...and I would be lying if I told you that I am not the least bit scared. First, I am going by myself with no phone!!! Scary, isnīt it. But I will make it. I have to change buses in Asuncion, and I should get there by 5 my time. I just hope that tomorrow isnīt a day for the caballos locos to be on the buses ...means crazy horses in translation.

Iīm excited about being able to see another part of the country...itīs east of Asuncion. I will nt be staying with the PCV, but with another host family for the 4 day visit. I will be returning on Tuesday of next week. Training is so intense...please keep in your prayers. We see PCVs refquently and I always take aminute to talk to them ... they all assure me that training does end at some point and then you can get out there.

The diarrhea still exists, if you are wondering. The doc has supplied me with some rehydration mix...itīs not that bad. I know Iīm not getting as much water as I was back in the states and that my body is still adjusting to it.

I do have a major unspoken prayer request..so please lift that up when you have your time with God tonight. The weather has been absolutely beautiful lately....yes...hot, but God gives breezes right at the right time!!!

Please keep the emails coming...a couple of more items for those that are interested in sending packages....multivitamins, hand sanitizer, rubber bands, pens and pencils, cheez itīs , healthy cereal, newspapers, I will stop so I wonīt be so picky. Just a few tips that I have been givne again about my mail. Any packages sent through the USPS system are opened and inspected here in PY..so please be honest when you declare the value upon mailing it. They will make me pay duty on packages more than $100. If you send the package through DHL, it doesnīt go to the PY post office....it comes straight to the DHL office, and delivered without delay...much more expensive, but very much worth it. Just keep these things in mind. There is nothing that you shouldnīt send me. My mom will hopefully be sending some sweaters soon because winter is coming. Obviously, please do not send anything that is very expensive, home made goods, and that sort of thing and no cash!!!! That will guaranteeeeeeed be stolen.

WEll guys, I need to go. Long day of training, and I have an hour walk home but I need to go out of the way abit and stop at the mercado to get a couple of items.

Please keep me in your prayers.
Your ambassador to the world, Trevor
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