1,000 Words for 1,000 Days in Peru

1,000 Days in Peru Peace Corps Volunteer Travel Blog

1,000 days later she understands that the greatest gift of all was not the chance to travel, but the chance to find life in a small town in the Northern Andes of Peru. The donkey races and pick-up soccer games. The lunch invitations that turned into hour hikes into the campo and all night parties. The process of culture shock and learning the art of enjoying alone time. The delicious new flavors and the custom of offering a meal to every visitor, even when you have no food to offer. Finding the human connection and the art of understanding foreign customs. Showering them with kindness and using love as a universal language. Turning the “fish bowl” into an opportunity to be an example, with the hopes of making a small change in life of someone somewhere, and at the same time knowing that she could not help everyone everywhere.

Learning to Let Them Love You

Peace Corps Peru Volunteer ceviche in market Jesus Maria

After two and a half years of loving and serving the people of this beautiful country, I am learning to let them love me back. Learning to accept that I am down right now and appreciating the unconditional love that the people around me are providing through acts of service and emotional support. Once again I am reminded why I love Peru.

A Day in the life of PCV Adrienne

Peace Corps Volunteer making aji using the batan

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings. Meet Adrienne, a fellow Peace Corps Peru 23 business volunteer who spent her two years of service in the cute coastal town of Moche. Her resume includes expert listener, sturdy shoulder to cry on, and delicious brownie baker… as well as IBM consultant, super volunteer and future Peace Corps director. Basically I would not have made it the whole two years without her support!

Watch out for that WATER BALLOON!

Children hiding in the bushes, unsuspecting victims running as balloons fly through the air, laughter erupts as the water war continues. February in Cajamarca is the month of Carnavales! This means it is free game to dump water on your friends as they walk down the street. The attack usually comes in the form of…