Wow, how time has flown....
Well, tomorrow is my last day officially living in Esteli. Now its off to Managua for a couple weeks (swearing in, AVC, and Thanksgiving) and then off to Chinandega to begin service!
I see that I never updated you all on my site, sorry it took so long I've had a lot on my plate with training winding to a close. My site is small (really small) and hot (really hot), but the people are wonderful and definately ready to work with me. Im about a 20 minute bus ride and then a half hour on horseback from the city of El Viejo for those of you that want to try and find my site on a map (good luck). Unfortunately I dont have any pictures because I lost my camera sometime over the last month or so, hopefully I'll be able to find one in Managua because they arent easy to come by here in Esteli.
Anyways, the farmers at my site pretty much solely work in corn and beans but want to start to produce some other crops that arent quite as common to sell in the markets and hopefully make some more money off them. A couple of producers also want to try and start a project with lambs/sheep, which I am pretty excited about (never really expected to be working with them here in Nicaragua, but hey... Peace Corps is full of surprises).
There is already a youth group in the town called "4S"which I believe was formed by INTA a while back. Right now they dont really do a whole lot of anything but they're organized very well (which makes me have to do a lot less work trying to round up the youth of the town and try and get them excited about a youth group). So I think I'll be able to start working with them as soon as I get to site, maybe making some huertos or a seed bank or something along those lines.
Well hopefully I will continue to be able to update the blog semi-regularly once I get out to site, but its hard to say (Im thinking I'll be getting to El Viejo every other week or so, so I should be able to update without a problem). Im hopeing that I'll be able to steal some pictures from other trainies and our tech trainer when Im in Managua and I'll definately post them here if I can.
Now Im off to Managua to become a real PC volunteer!