Posts tagged "Peace Corps"
That's quite a TB test you have there...

That’s quite a TB test you have there…

At first, I was going to take a few shots because it was such an eye-catch­ing cir­cle that the lab drew on my arm, and why not? It’s sur­pris­ing­ly hard to take a good shot of the near-elbow region of your own arm, so the chal­lenge was inter­est­ing. The oth­er spot out­side the cir­cle is where they drew...
The Some Birds

The Some Birds

The title is in hon­or of my good friends and the great times vis­it­ing them, and even help­ing them with a work event. The tequi­la and movie-going were fan­tas­tic, but I also had a good time work­ing at the city park where they were assigned and try­ing to wran­gle group after group of teenagers to lis­ten to a short...
Take the good with the smoky

Take the good with the smoky

And oth­er lessons being learned in the stove project. We are in the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion phase doing a final round of sur­veys to try to quan­ti­fy fuel sav­ings after a few months with the effi­cient wood-burn­ing stoves. Since the fam­i­lies typ­i­cal­ly only buy wood once or twice a year, we switched to mea­sur­ing wood usage for cook­ing...
2 days of flowers and work

2 days of flowers and work

I mean work and flow­ers. Def­i­nite­ly in that order. To work on the super-secret, super-awe­some soc­cer ball project, I got to tag along on the practicum vis­it of a cou­ple of trainees in the nat­ur­al resource man­age­ment pro­gram. The vis­it was to the Bosque La Pri­mav­era in Guadala­jara, and it was def­i­nite­ly worth a sec­ond vis­it. I was there...
My favorite type of day

My favorite type of day

Full of good peo­ple talk­ing about good things over great food, and I have a new cer­tifi­cate of appre­ci­a­tion for the solar stove and effi­cient cook­stove work.
Before and After

Before and After

The stove instal­la­tions are actu­al­ly almost all done. I saw 4 yes­ter­day and 1 today, and I look for­ward to going back and tak­ing all the “before” and “after” pic­tures. The instal­la­tion is a quick process, except for con­fig­ur­ing the chim­ney. The women typ­i­cal­ly have to drill holes in the walls of their kitchens or remove a few roof tiles to...
Burning, burning wood

Burning, burning wood

But now so much less wood. The first few effi­cient wood-burn­ing stoves from our USAID Small Project Assis­tance grant have been installed. They seem awe­some, and the woman are report­ing excel­lent results. The reduc­tion in wood usage is imme­di­ate­ly appar­ent, but I will wait to take mea­sure­ments until all the stoves are installed and they have...
Have solar oven, will travel

Have solar oven, will travel

Although the cli­mate in the state of Puebla is sig­nif­i­cant­ly cloudi­er and rainier than where I live, I packed up my solar oven and took it with me to a sci­ence fair this week­end in a small com­mu­ni­ty there. The fair was orga­nized by anoth­er Vol­un­teer for the chil­dren and par­ents at the school where she has been teach­ing...
Community Participation Tools

Community Participation Tools

Tak­ing a step back to the sec­ond-to-last day of Mid-Ser­vice Train­ing and away from my oh-so-self-impor­tant reflec­tions, I want to share some pic­tures from our group field trip to one of the com­mu­ni­ties in which we have been work­ing for the solar stove project. But, before I do that, I will explain how this out­ing came to be and...
Aspirations

Aspirations

For Part 2 of the MST essay series, we are going to take a look at one of the touch­i­er-fee­l­i­er activ­i­ties we did on the last day of Mid-Ser­vice Train­ing. This activ­i­ty was reread­ing our orig­i­nal Aspi­ra­tion State­ments from the Peace Corps Appli­ca­tion. I feel that it deserves cap­i­tal­iza­tion and the be rec­og­nized as a def­i­nite thing. I rec­og­nize that...
Underutilized and misplaced

Underutilized and misplaced

First off, let me say, not me. Well, not me out­side the office. The prob­lem is that I don’t want to be uti­lized or placed in the office. More on this lat­er in this post. I’m strug­gling a bit with tone in these essay posts. My voice is my voice, but it starts to feel a bit repet­i­tive. I want to...
Mid-week Mid-Service moment of zen

Mid-week Mid-Service moment of zen

As long as I can keep run­ning and doing a bit of mul­ti-task­ing then I expect to make it through the week just fine. It will take some reflec­tion to write some­thing longer, but there is plen­ty of reflec­tion going on this week dur­ing mid-ser­vice train­ing. It is a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive enter­ing the sec­ond year, feel­ing and real­iz­ing that...