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