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
Halloween was an excellent opportunity to have a cultural exchange of American traditions. It also was a great way to encourage leadership and creativity among the youth by helping them try something different. As you can see below, I was a hand painted skeleton! BOO! Haha.
Halloween is barely celebrated in Paraguay, so I had to explain quite a lot to my Paraguayan friends how this fun holiday works. I had a small Halloween party where everyone had to dress up with a costume to come in.
I really had to take the lead in explaining and suggesting costume ideas to them and help the break away from being shy to try something that no one else was doing in the city. In the end, they came up with great creative costumes and we had a blast!
It was a fantastic way for me to get to know my community members more and encourage creativity and leadership among the youth, key aspects of a healthy democracy that will help Paraguay’s own young democracy.