It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Later!

My heart is full and so is my trashcan from all the tears and tissues. At the end of the day I am so glad to have something to miss and people who are going to miss me, because it means that I have integrated and done my job as one more member of this little Peruvian town. I am also so happy that my journey in Peru isn’t over and continuing as a third year volunteer in Lima means that I am only a 16 hour bus ride away from this little slice of home.

The Big News: Year 3!!

I have some very exciting news. I got the job! I will be staying in Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer for a third year!!! That means instead of finishing my service at the end of August 2016, I will be staying until September 2017. I’ll be working at the Peace Corps office in Lima…

Community Connections and Integration

The connection I have formed with Peruvians in my community is the greatest gift I will take away from this entire experience. My co-workers at the municipality who made me eat papa rellena and dance with them for a month before they trusted me to participate in projects, the 24 year old girl who is my “chat about boys and life” best friend, and the countless women who make sure I am fed, have a seat at the town donkey races and who treat me as their own daughter… those are the connections that I cannot quantify on any report.