Peace Corps Volunteers' homes vary from country to country and even from site to site! Whether our volunteers live in rural sites or the country's largest cities, each volunteer finds a little place to call home during their service.
In order to give you a view of the variety of places our volunteers call home, we are bringing you our Peace Corps Ecuador edition of #Cribs.
The next volunteer in this series is Youth and Families Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Lobo. Lobo spent his first two years of service living with a host family in a rural site and is making the transition to lviing on his own in an urban setting. His space allows him to be within walking distance to his work sites though he had to be a bit unCONVENTional in finding his crib.
Update from the past couple weeks: time has been flying by! I got out of the desa (village) and got to see an amazing waterfall with some amazing peeps. Definitely want to go back. Also getting to connect with some of the community members in a community mapping activity was super amazing, and it went very well!! Excited to put some more tools PC is giving us into practice soon 👍🏻💕 and exited to explore more of Indonesia’s beauty soon! #pcvlife#peacecorpsindo#peacecorpsindonesia#exploringnature#makingprogress
Our Hispanic Heritage month highlights continue with Youth & Family Development PCV Rhina who tells us about how her Dominican heritage has influenced her interactions with people in her community. “…although I was born and raised in the United States, I identify myself as Dominican…They [HCNs] ask questions like: How come if you're American, you don't have blue eyes and blonde hair? How did you learn Spanish so quickly? I always approach these conversations with an open mind and patience, because I know that for many Ecuadorians, their only exposure to someone from the US has been through the media, which tends to underrepresent the diversity of our country. …I have encountered some surprising challenges in my short time in Ecuador. I have had to adjust my language to fit the culture as there are many words that don't translate the same in Dominican Spanish… I have also been told that my appearance can be confusing, because when meeting me for the first time, people can't place exactly where I am from…
As a Latina volunteer, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to share my identity with the people I have met throughout my service. I was the first in my family to graduate from a university and the first to pursue a volunteer position abroad. My family has already learned a lot about Ecuadorian culture and I have shared so much with my families in-country, already. There is a level of warmth and comfort that I have encountered with my families, my coworkers, and friends that is very reminiscent of my own family back in the states. This has made my service a lot more enjoyable and I look forward to further cultural exchange.” #hispanicheritagemonth#howiseepc#peacecorps#peacecorpsecuador#youthdevelopment#pcvlife#latinxheritagemonth
“The toughest job you’ll ever love.”
This famous advertising tagline was used for Peace Corps when the agency was first founded in 1961, and successfully attracted many applicants until the campaign was dissolved in 1991.
Today, on World Mental Health Day, Peace Corps Ecuador would like to acknowledge the commitment that our Volunteers take on for two years. It may be 28 years since the tagline was officially used, but its words still ring true to this day. Two years is a long time; there are definitely days when we must check in with ourselves before we continue working at the “toughest job.”
Slide through our carousel of our current PCVs and take a gander of how they get through those tough days. These are just four of the many Volunteers who have created Peace Corps’s presence in Ecuador over time. Together, we have created a community that stretches all the way back to 1961. Always remember that this community will always be behind you!
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Pequeños Momentos con Grandes Recuerdos (Little Moments with Big Memories). The following article is part of a series dedicated towards celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.
“I was given the task of writing a story in Spanish about my time in Thailand as an assignment for an application. Below is both the English and Spanish versions:” - @jayympea
Be sure to check out Yaneth “Janet” Peña’s (130 YinD) article in the link in our bio ✨
2 weeks ago
In continuation of our Hispanic Heritage month highlights, PCV Jonathan shared the following reflection:
"I was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Therefore, I have two last names and speak Spanish as my native language.
"In reality, I haven't had to explain my heritage extensively to host country nationals (HCNs), I just say I am from Puerto Rico, and they say, 'we thought you were Venezuelan!' Sometimes Cuban; other times, Argentinian. They are more interested in the relationship between Puerto Rico and the US When they ask, I tell them the truth: We are American citizens, but we are a territory of the US rather than a state and so we don't have the same experiences as other citizens, such as being unable to vote directly in federal elections.
"[Being from Puerto Rico], I don't feel like I can talk much about US culture. I only know the US as a tourist, from TV, or because of the six months I spent living there with my sister after Hurricane Maria. My home is Puerto Rico, and I want so much for my home.
"HCNs do understand when I tell them this, and it's interesting to see how they interpret it. I especially love when they say, 'Your island has so much talent, so many singers.' It makes me happy to hear this and reminds me that we might be small, but we are loud. It reminds me that we are part of Latin America and of the moving culture that we all are. To be Latinoamericano is transformation and to see the world in so many ways. I will never fully understand half of the cultural interpretation of being Latino in the US, but I will always be proud of how we can see and transform this in America Latina.
"En fin, my service in Ecuador has been a transformation -- it has been the acquirement of so much new knowledge and an expansion of my roots. At some points, it has been challenging explaining the situation of Puerto Rico. The reality is that most people have no idea that Puerto Ricans have US citizenship; this is true in the US and in Ecuador. Throughout my service, I will do my best to explain my reality as an island-born Boricua, and I’m always willing to talk about the subject.”