Peace Corps: El Salvador

A quick note about friends

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I met Jenny, my closest girlfriend, in Spain in 2001.

We've been through so much together, we probably could write a book about it all.

We talk almost everyday, have secret code names for everything, laugh at each other, have the telepathic wave vibes that friends get, and remind each other to never take life too seriously.

I've been going through so much emotionally with getting ready to leave in September that I took some time off to visit Jenny in Miami. Which by the way, if you're ever feeling stressed out, stop what you're doing and just jump on a plane to see a friend. It cures all!

After coming back to Texas, I feel revived and ready for El Salvador!

60 days and counting

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Although I have two more months left before I head out to El Salvador, I feel so overwhelmed at times with everything that needs to be done.

I don't think it has actually hit me that I am 60 days away from starting a dream that I've always wanted to fulfill. And while I try to stop and ponder more on this dream, I get caught in a moment and quickly remember all the things that need to be completed before I leave.

I did finally update and send my resume to Peace Corps. Although they requested it 10 days after accepting my invitation, I was a month late sending it in. Now that that part is completed, I need to sit down and write another aspiration essay for wanting to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

It's interesting how much a person can change over the years.
For those who don't know, this is my second time applying for Peace Corps. Yep, mi segunda vez. If you would have asked me the first time around my desire for wanting to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, I would have shouted to the mountain tops, "Because I want to save the world!" Four years laters, my outlook on Peace Corps and worldly affairs has matured from the random ramblings of a 23 year old. In a nutshell, progress and change take time. Sure, I'd still love to save the world, along with the billions of others on the same wagon, but progress and change ultimately start at a grassroots level and create a ripple. I realize now that I am a powerful factor in the ripple with the lives I come in contact with be it with Peace Corps or simply walking down the street.

Last Day of School

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I had a little saying in my classes whenever my students would 'act up'.

The phrase went like this: "Whenever you' your degree, got your teaching certificate, lived in Spain, your name is on the door, and you're fluent in Spanish; then you can teach this class. Until then, you need to _______ (insert with correct behavior that needs to be exhibited by student)."

But as we know, kids catch on quick! So it came as no surprise that one day mid-way through my saying, I heard an echo repeating the saying along with me to the student off-task. As I turned to face the rest of the class, a handful of students were mimicking my motions as I was re-directing the student. I had repeated the phrase so much, they ended up memorizing it!

So from then on, the saying just became a part of class.

Fast forward to the last day of school. Energy levels at their highest, I had to repeat the phrase multiple times throughout the day. When I finished speaking with one off-task student, one little boy stood up and said, "...and you've lived two years in El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer then you can teach this class."

It definitely brought a smile to my face!

It's official...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I'm heading to El Salvador on September 16, 2008 for 2 years!

It has been a long, tedious, and eventful journey getting to this point in my life. But I'm ready and can't wait to take the plunge to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Having just come out of the, "I just want to know where I'm going!" phase last week and into the "I don't even care anymore. When it gets here, it gets here" phrase; I was happily surprised to receive my Invitation Letter this afternoon. There was so much excitement in me to find out where I would be placed at my eyes were just skimming the letter for a country name, not paying any attention to the pertinent information. Finally my eyes glazed upon EL SALVADOR and everything clicked...this is where I will be for the next two years.

It seems as if I had been rushing for this point to get here and when it arrived along with it came a sigh of relief and a realization that there's a process to everything in life. Some things will just have to play themselves out and when the moment arrives, that is when it was meant to be.

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