ASAN

ASAN is a blog of Adrian's adventures! (Formerly a Peace Corps Blog) "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain

2nd blog post! Summary of my 2 month training in Paraguay! NEW UPDATE: Come back every Monday for a new blog posts!

Here are a few collages of pictures from our training!  Training was a very fun, dynamic, participatory, informative process of learning how to be Community Economic Development Volunteers.  Training started in Paraguay May 29th and ended August 10th when we swore-in as Volunteers.

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The center picture shows the day we first arrived to the PY airport!

One of the most important aspects of training was to get to know the rest of our G-42 group, the 24 future volunteers including myself, and become friends with each other. This is because we now form a critical support network for each other during the next two years whether it is for personal, friendship, language, technical, business or any other type of support.

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Doing a fun ice breaker!

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Our two months consisted of mostly cultural and language training in Guarani (almost everyone speaks this indigenous language which is about 1/3 the same as Spanish but totally different as well as you can see in the pictures here!) and Spanish- both are necessary to learn.  To the right is how to present yourself in Guarani.

Below are some Guarani flash cards we worked with.  You can note that it is very different than Spanish but some similarities!

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Learning the culture of Paraguay during training. The teachers played traditional music with the guitar and the harp and we learned how to do the traditional polka dance! (See the women dressed in the traditional polka dress on the right). Also in the picture is a fun ice breaker trivia game on training that involved a life size board game (with two of us, with the costumes, being walking game pieces) and a huge die- ha.

We also learned a TON of ice breakers so that we can give classes and workshops that are fun and dynamic and also teach leadership and teamwork with youth groups.  Training also had security and medical classes and tech training which was focused on the four pillars of our sector: 1) Entrepreneurship 2) Family Finance 3) Information Technology 4) Civic Engagement.

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More fun ice breakers! Far left bottom corner we learned how to cook/make traditional PY food and drinks like empandas, mate, and Tereré.

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During training we also went to observe other Volunteers who were already working at their sites. In this picture, we went to the JOPA youth camp that Volunteers held this year which taught civic engagement and youth leadership. My group, G-42, will be managing the next youth camp next year. Yet again, you can see we did more fun ice breakers!

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This picture shows the day we got our sites for the next two years, and exciting day for us! Also on the top left shows another ice breaker. Also in the right center, shows the medical doctor teaching us to be aware of a common illness here, dengue fever (which doesn’t pose a great risk to us if we take some precautions).

Overall, training was a great opportunity to get our feet wet, make great friends, and learn about the culture and technical skills needed for our service for the next two years!

Please leave any comments or questios below!  Come back next Monday for my next blog post, thanks! =D

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