Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The first of a lot of things (including blogging)

Hello everybody!
I want you all to know that I am doing great and I am really loving it here in Nicaragua.

For the past four weeks I have been going through the orientation process at AMC (Accion Medica Christiana, the organization I am working with.) and I have taken a lot of language school classes (Which have been very helpful).  Along with participating in these two things, I have also been experiencing the natural process of integrating into a foreign country with a different culture.

As of yesterday, I left the capital city of Managua for 5 weeks and I am living in a small town in the mountains called La Dallia.  My purpose here is to learn about the different projects of AMC and what my role will be as someone organizing volunteer groups who will have come from various other places.

I am super excited about the next several weeks.  My environment has definitely changed once again.  Just to give you a little bit of an idea of what it is like here, I had taken a couple of bucket showers in Managua when the water was out of service, but here it is a daily routine.  I also get to use an out house. (It's nicer than the ones in the moves)

Today I visited two of AMC's Earth Banks.  The idea behind these projects is to affiliate with members of the community in order of provide a space where families can grow there own crops for consumption and so they can sell the produce.  This is a big deal because so many people in the community are forced to work for plantations or rent someone else's land for lots of money.  Both options are labor intensive and are not structured in a way were one can earn a living wage.  It was a great learning experience.

O yea... and I got to eat sugar cane right before I went swimming in a waterfall in my underwear.  I will upload pictures.  hahaha

You guys are great.
Thanks for reading, Thanks for your prayers and support, and I love you... tehe


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