Change Yourself…Change The World.


Demasiado Lindo
August 21, 2011, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Paraguay, Pictures Post

Peace Corps drills into your head from the first day of your interview to even apply: don’t have any expectations. Be flexible. A Volunteer must be willing to serve under hardship, if necessary.

So to be expecting to live under hardship for the next two years, and then get my site placement for Caazapá, one of the more urban cities in Paraguay, I have to say- I am not living the quintessential ‘in the bush’ Peace Corps experience. Far from it, I walked right into in a super ‘chuchi’ (Paraguayan word for nice/rich) area for Paraguayan standards. As a rule in Peace Corps Paraguay, Volunteers spend the first three months ‘in-site’ living with a homestay family. Welcome to Posh Corps: here’s a tour of where I will be living for the next three months.

Typical Paraguayan shot: my clothes hanging up to dry in the backyard. What’s not shown: the washer used to wash my clothes, and ironing board/iron afterwards to crisply press. 

My homestay family’s kitchen. Check out the washer in the corner. This is chuchi by Paraguayan standards.

My room

Desk with the essentials: wallet, cell phone, key, tigo internet. Let’s not forget all of the American snacks that my Mom sent. Chuchiest part? The air conditioning unit. 

This piece I bought for about 15 dollars. 

The things I brought with me from home

All of the readers I’ve acquired from being a Peace Corps Volunteer

My closet. 

Super chuch zebra-printed duct tape, covering the edges of my wardrobe

My prized possessions that I got in Paraguay- the one on the left is my maté thermos that I myself bought, and the one on the left is my tereré thermos that my homestay family in J.A. Salvidar gave me as a parting gift. Engraved on the thermos is ‘Recuerdo de Mama, Papa, y Hermana’ (Remember your Mother, Father, and Sister)

There’s a little bit of Peace Corps love for you.


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Hey Brittany! I’m Kim, the Snapshots volunteer in Peru, I believe I’m getting the journal after you! Just found you on Facebook but thought I’d try multiple ways to pass along my new address to you-

Kim Ayers, Cuerpo de Paz
Casilla Postal 208
Serpost Chiclayo
Lambayeque, Peru
South America

hopefully you haven’t sent it yet?

By the way, my new digs at site are also super Posh Corps… wireless internet (brother is a systems engineer), hot water heater in the main shower, and a flush toilet to myself. But we only have water 6am-1pm and 1pm-3pm, so I guess I’ll still have some acustombrar-ing to do! Chau 🙂

Comment by Kim

Hello Brittany, about your blog on the Guarani, only I make a correction. Guaraní is officially, by the formation of the Republic, the second language of Paraguay, and not exactly an indigenous language. Unlike other indigenous languages ​​of the region, the Guarani have grammar, nouns, verbs, etc.. 98% of Paraguay’s population speak the language and would kill compulsory in primary and secondary. Furthermore, our language is constantly evolving, with new words and terms that arise. It’s an opinion that I wanted to give you.
Meanwhile, congratulations on your work in this beautiful land Guarani.
Thanks,

Comment by jorge gaqleano

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