I have started my documentary on my work here in San Jose Abajo. I did this so I could reach out to the world and show how the Peace Corps serves others in need. The title of my documentary is The Voice of Hope Documentary. For each entry following the documentary title there are numbers, so the second is number 2 and the third is number 3, etc… So to follow my next entry, just enter the number after the title; much easier that way. Look for us on Youtube.com.
We after PST2 I went back to my community for a couple days because Thanksgiving was just around the corner. The couple days that I was in site, I began to research and observe the areas of my community that needed the most work, also the areas in which the community believed needed the most work as well. So, I started to work with the road that runs in between the school and the store, and the bridge that separates San Jose Abajo and San Jose Arriba. My reasoning for this is because the road in between the store and school serves around 35 to 40 families and the bridge because the only health station is in San Jose Arriba. Looking at the stats I found out that many people need the health station and several people walk the road to school. There I have it, my first few projects.
I held a meeting with the local ADESCO, or community government, and we discussed that an engineer be brought in to give an official estimate on the road and the bridge. He has not come yet because we are super busy with the fiestas. After the 11th, we will begin talking with engineers. I would estimate that both projects with cost around $30,000 to $40,000. Don’t quote me on that, yet.
The next day I left for Thanksgiving at the Embassy in San Salvador. We stayed with a host family that works in the Embassy. Rob and Kara are their names and they were the best family to stay with. It was my first time doing Thanksgiving this way and it was a lot of fun. We played football, swam, and played basketball at them Embassy. It was a great time. I met a lot of wonderful people and some really cool Marines. They told me I look like Corps personnel, I said I was going to join the Marine Corps but decided not to. I was hoping to play football with the Marines but they didn’t come out to play. Later that night around 5:00 pm us volunteers went to change and prepare for the dinner at another Embassy families house. It was a big celebration of at least 25 people showed up and ate a lot of food. I ate around 4 to 4.5 plates of food. Not including the pies that were there. The lady that made the pies used to be a chef for the United States President and those pies were the best pies I have ever had in my life. It was amazing.
After the party, we went back to the host family we were assigned to and watched some good movies, enjoyed each other’s company, and relaxed with the 5 tons of food stuck in my stomach. I really enjoyed the celebration and how the Peace Corps organized it. Having a lot of people around to enjoy the holiday is what I look forward to every year. Thank you!