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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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