Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I am leaving for community based training tomorrow, and will finally be learning some K'ekchi. From what our training supervisor said, we will not have any days off in the next 5 weeks except for the 2 national holidays. It will be great to finally meet my host family, and get some hands-on training. We are going to take a trip down to the toledo district to see all of the sites the 11 Healthy communities volunteers will be placed in, and apparently some of the most beautiful parts of the country while we are at it. They are all really remote, though, so our trainer bought us hammocks and said we will get to know each other well :)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday was cultural day! We spent the morning driving to a little village by the border with Guatemala. We went to the Maya Mestizo cultural center and then had an awesome lunch while listening to Marimba and flute music, and watching traditional dances.
After the cultural events we stopped by Xunantunich, which was absolutely gorgeous! In order to get to the ruins you have to cross a river on this little ferry. It could take one car at a time with a lot of people standing around the car. It was a hand crank wooden ferry! The ruins were on the top of the mountain surrounded by rain forest. First Maya ruins trip, and it was definitely worth it. Saw my first howler monkey, and made it to the top of each of the ruins. We were close enough to the border, and could see so far from the top that you could see into Guatemala. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself here :)
Swimming in the river was also amazing!!! It was really nice to have a break from the heat and humidity. Families, pets, random horses and all were swimming and everything.
It was a very good first weekend :)
We leave for community based training on Thursday I will be staying in a little village with a host family and all of the other healthy communities volunteers. Time to learn K’ekchi
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We made it here this morning and were greeted by a very enthusiastic and welcoming group of current PCVs and staff. We had a nice lunch with them and then came into the capital to see the PC headquarters and get settled in where we will be for the next week. We leave next Thursday for community based training.
I don't have a whole lot to say, but I am glad we finally made it here safely. It feels good to see even the littlest bit of the country that will be my home the next two years. The country looked beautiful from the airport coming in this morning. I can wait to travel around and see a bit more of it, and find out some more about what I will be doing. Its really hot, really humid, but what else would you expect?
Love you guys!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Two weeks from today I will be getting on a flight from
I may as well start off with what I have learned from my volunteer assignment description, and the teleconference I had earlier this summer with some of the staff in
I am a Healthy Communities volunteer. This includes water and sanitation, as well as health education (and I am sure random other activities). I will be living in a K’ekchi Mayan community in the southernmost district of Belize. Like many other developing communities their places to do laundry, shower, and use the restroom are the same area in the river. So education on sanitation and the connection to health will be very important.
When I arrive in
So that is a lot of what I know right now. I should add that it is what they have told me so far, but flexibility is always a good idea :). It could, and I am sure will, easily change or have things added and taken away depending on the needs of my community and resources available.
So how do you contact me over the next two years? Good question :). At some point in time I will probably have a Belizean cell phone. However, I love emails, letters and messages on here :)
My email address is:
My address during training will be:
If you want to send me letters or a package, a bit of advice:
-Put postcards in envelopes or else they might end up on the wall of the post office.
-If you want to send a package, use a padded envelope instead of a box if possible. Boxes tend to be taxed and opened more frequently.
-Be patient! It can take a while for things to get to
That is all for now!