Friday, February 20, 2009

Luna and my Neighbor!!!

HI!!! So here is an updated picture of my Luna, who is now 24 weeks old...time flies. Sorry if no one is interested in seeing many stages of my pup´s growth, she´s just an important player in my life here... and an easy subject for my camera! A goal for march is to get around my town and take some pictures to give you an idea of what things look like here. This other picture is of me and DENISE, she is in the new trainee group that arrived recently, and not only is she a Nebraskan, her parents live across from where Mom, Cara and I lived in Nebraska City. Small world no doubt. I thought that was definately post worth. So here´s a picture of quite possibly the only two Nebraskans´(Nebraska City-ians) in Paraguay!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Feliz Navidad!

Greetings From Paraguay!
This is my Christmas Card this year. I apologize for the alarming gap in the goings on in my life while far away, I know it must be frustrating and I'm sorry I've done a poor job over these past 6 months. I'm doing very well here and will now try to rack my brain for the important things that have happened to me over these past few months.
I've continued working with preschool and kindergarten classrooms on dental health and other health related themes. I was able to work with another Volunteer in her site for a several day workshop about adult education. Most recently I've worked at one of the high school's in my town to put on a several day workshop about envinronmenal education, I was able to do this in cooperation with two other Volunteers as well. At the moment I am designing and preparing to run several different week long summer camps (environmental education, personal health, and self esteem), so hopefully all goes well there!
As of September, I am living alone for the first time in my life. I have a cute little pale yellow house which is definately too big for just myself. But fortunately I was not alone for very long; in early October one of my neighbor girls came over with her arms brimming with puppies and asked me which one I wanted. I was sceptical about how good of an idea it was to take on the challenge of a pet, but I realized I had the means, time, and desire to invest in a four legged friend. I simply told her that I wanted the smallest female of the litter, and Antonia promptly handed me the tiniest pale little puppy out of the litter of much bigger black pups. That was October 8th, so Luna and I have been together over three months now. We are very happy together. We go on two walks everyday. She knows how to sit, lay down and we're working on stay at the moment. Also we're in the process of house training, hopefully we figure that out PRONTO.
I hope everyone is doing well back home, if you have a free moment and would like to share what you're up to, I'd naturally love to hear and respond . I love you all very much. Carly

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Luna!!! More to come on what I´m up to later...sorry.

Luna´s first day home... 3 weeks, 2 days old.

Here she is today, 12 weeks old to the day.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hello Beloved Ones!

It´s been quite a while, and I apologize for that. I am in the middle of my fourth month in my site right now, which has turned out to be an ideal place to live. It is about the size of Nebraska City, and set up similarly as well. There are about 24,ooo people who live in and around the municipal area of my pueblo. There are 9 schools that are in town, and four of which who want to work with me extensively in the future over the next two years. I can´t think of a single way that I am not an incredibly lucky volunteer- there are two supermarkets in town which have wonderful and rare items such as oatmeal, raisins, peanut butter and sunflowerseeds. I have many wonderful volunteers near my site, and also have been blessed with amazing locals who have been very loving and accepting of their strange new neighbor!
I was talking to a Minnonite immigrant (from Pennslyvania!) last week and learned a great deal about this town. When he arrived as a twelve year old boy (probably just 30 years ago) there was only one principle road running perpendicular to the highway, which had nothing but thatch roofed rural dwellings, now this town is thriving and growing very rapidly. There are 9 factories that have come up within the past 15 years: this has created a unique sitution for my town compared to many other places here. The young people do not need to leave their homes for Argentina or even Spain in order to find work, there are plenty of opportunities locally.
If you´re curious as to how I conduct my work, here´s a bit of a summary.... I go to the city´s office of Educational Supervision or one of my four schools almost every week day. That is unless I have laundry or some other chore to do (no washing machines here!). There are monthly meetings with all the teachers in PreEscolar and for the past two months I have had the opportunity to present information (color wheels and dental health) and then get to witness how they all adapt the information to their personal classroom needs.
I have had several requests for my address, and I apologize for not supplying it earlier...
Carly Ward PCV
Cuerpo de Paz
162 Chaco Boreal c/Mcal. Lopez
Asuncion 1580, Paraguay
South America
...That should cover it. Suggestions: the smaller the package the more likely it is to arrive. And I have also heard that writing Scripture or the word ¨books¨all over the package may help it arrive.
I will work on a more detailed update for next time. Sorry for the huge laps in time. I hope you are all quite well. All my love, Carly

Friday, May 23, 2008

Some Pictures

Lorena and I. My best friend and sister in Paraguay.

Princessa Gloria.
My BEAUTIFUL family: (l to r) Paola, me, Mamá Olga, Lorena, Gloria Close of training talent show.
Swearing in at US Embassy with Fred and Beth.
Despedida: Shinhee playing at our goodbye party, many a tear was shed.
Eating cake.
Musical Chairs.
More musical chairs.
Amy D's family, my second family.
My school where I learned everything.
Walk up to school.
More walk to school.
My 3 language professoras/saints: Pabla, Sylvia, and Delfina.
Traditional Danza practice at my site.
school in site
school in site
Gloria making sure I remember the day I got my $2 Paraguayn mullet.
My mom busily working on what turned out to be a shirt for me.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Training is ALMOST Over!

I am almost done with my preliminary three month period of training! In twenty days I am able to officially swear in as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I am very excited about this for several reasons; one being that training has been nonstop action, learning and all around exhausting. Even though it has been a challenge I have appreciated this time greatly because I have learned many things about different types of projects I may end up doing. Myself and the other Education Trainees´designed a mathematics skills assessment test, proctored the test in two schools, analyzed the data collected, and then designed and hosted a multiday workshop for the teachers at these schools to teach them several methods and lessons that would help them teach the subjects identified as weaknesses in their classrooms. I´ve also gone to a small community and helped a current Volunteer work on a dental hygene project she had just started. We sang dental songs, played related hygene games, demonstrated how to brush teeth on a giant model of a mouth I made out of a shoe box, gave kids toothbrushes, and finally (descretely) counted cavities. This was an amazing experience, after which I have felt that it would be a project I would love to do in my future site, there is a high need for dental hygene education in the more rural communities. I am very happy to have had these experiences, I really think they´ll come in handy when I move to my permanent site in 20 DAYS.
One of the aspects of training I have appriated most is my language training. When I first got here I tested into a Novice Low Spanish level, but after these last two months of training I have now achieved a Intermediate Middle Spanish level.
I have also just recieved my future site! I am not supposed to disclose specifics of my local, for security´s sake, but I´ll be right between Ciudad del Este and the city of Caaguazu, which should be enough details considering I´m not so sure much is known about Paraguayan geography. It is a larger sized pueblo, and I´ll be visiting it for seven days starting tuesday. I haven´t of yet taken any pictures here, and I really regret that because there are some beautiful places here, but I hope to take my camera this week and innitiate some wonderful picture taking.
Lastly, as a side note: President Bush DID buy land in the Chaco (the northern area of Paraguay) two years ago. He sent Jenna Bush down here two years ago to officially sign the papers and such for the 200 hectacres. There is supposedly possibly oil in the Chaco...I thought that was pretty interesting.
This is all I have for now. Thanks for all of the e-mails and support. I´ll try to post some pictures after my trip this week. Take care, Carly

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Top 10 Things I´ve Learned in Paraguay

So far I´ve learned...
  1. that ugly hens have more babies than pretty ones.
  2. to tell the difference between the smells of burning plastic, tires and organic material.
  3. not to assume there is not a spider that just crawled in to your backpack at any given point.
  4. that for half the year, there are 3 hours difference between the time in Paraguay and Central Standard Time, and the other half of the year there´s only an hour difference.
  5. that peanut butter and chocolate are here, but they are but a sad and cruel shadow of what I´ve enjoyed in the States.
  6. the dialect of Spanish I´m learning here has many words I will not be able to use ever again. For example: ¨guapo¨ here means ¨hard working¨, but everywhere else if I were to call someone guapo I would be talking about their physical attractiveness.
  7. Bob Barker´s dream to live in a world with responsible pet ownership could be single handedly thwarted by Paraguay. No one neuters anything here!
  8. that when traveling by bus it is impossible to more for more than 22 seconds without seeing a dog ... dead or alive.
  9. Paraguayans´LOVE Guns´n´Roses.
  10. itis rare to see beverages sold in packs of cans because it is more culturally common to buy a liter and just use one glass and share with everyone present.

Thanks to everyone for all of the e-mails and thoughts you have sent my way. I love you and miss you very much. Take care, Carly