Chelsea en Perú

An attempt to describe my 27-month journey as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru.
DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog in no way represent those of the US Government or the Peace Corps.
"Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace." - John F. Kennedy


Last night all thirty-five of us arrived in Lima to a very friendly staff greeting us and helping us through customs. After a long day of traveling, we had no problem falling asleep on the bus to the retreat center!

After storing our luggage and groggily collecting a few papers, we went to sleep. When I awoke this morning, I opened the curtains of our little dorm room and discovered an absolutely incredible view of Andes mountains surrounding the retreat center. It was so dark when we arrived that I hadn’t noticed them!

We had a long day of training sessions including an explanation of what vaccinations we will receive from the wonderful doctors the PC provides, specific sector introductions, a lot of ice breakers and even some survival Spanish! I feel like I finally have an idea of what exactly I will be doing. I feel so motivated!

Upon arriving to the hotel in DC on Wednesday, I felt nauseous with anxiety and nerves. I began to second-guess my decision in leaving my life behind for two years. Once I met some staff and the other volunteers, though, everything began to feel right again. It was comforting to realize that everyone feels the exact same: nervous, excited and a bit overwhelmed.

The food has been great so far. As a general non-fish eater, you may be surprised to read that I gobbled up every bite of today’s lunch (of some sort of fish with rice).

Tonight after dinner is the Peru v. Ecuador game and all of us are going to watch it together. Vamos, Peru!

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