This is Lewe (I think) He's the nice guy who lead us around. Its so nice how protective he is of the Americanas:)
Here are my two sisters and the past trainee Stephanie. The other is of my Dona and Don and their doggies:)
Hola! Buenas Dias!!
I've been saying that a LOT lately!! I realized that my espanol is NOT very good, actually I knew that but I found out its a LOT worse that I had thought. Ah well, my host mother (or Dona- say Do ya (long o)) seems to think that despite the fact that I am the worst shes had in her house when it comes to speaking spanish that I will pick it up in a week!! At least she must think that I am smart:)
I really love my host family. I was so nervous but they are soooo nice! There are three sisters and then Fransisco and Carmen. The girls are 12, 14 and 16 and the youngest is severally mentally disabled. My Dona takes the best care of her though, its refreshing.
I will be with my host fam for 3 weeks and then I go to CBT or Community Based Training out in Bani and a director was just telling us that there is a big drug problem in this country and decided to use Bani as a great example. I guess last week they found 7 or 8 dead bodies in the ditch due to drug dealers. Great.
My host family's house is NOT what I expected. It is pretty run down on the outside and is in a barrio (as opposed to a residencia) I guess a residencia is nice and more quiet. Thats the truth. I had to walk about 45 minutes to get to this internet cafe and its in a residencia. They're more tame. My group and I would have never gotten here if it weren't for Kenzie's Don. He happened to be walking in front of us when we walking here and he lead us all over the neighborhood ( a freaking maze!!!) and to this place. We would have never found it, we thought that it was in a different place all together!!!
Today a volunteer from the city came to visit our group in our training center. It was really lucky because she had lived in my house when she was in training. She came to my house after and translated for me for an hour. I learned a LOT about my family its nice to know how they are with things like church (they don't go but I'm happy bc its catholic and like 4 hours long) or how they feel about me staying in my room with my door open... I don't want to seem snotty and antisocial not being in the living room. The house is really small so if any of you want to call me I'll have to be in the girl's bedroom to talk. My Dona told me I could use the phone so feel free tot call after like 6 eastern time but before 9. I'll give my mom my number.
Theres a lot more I'd like to say but there are 5 other volunteers waiting to use the computer. It costs 25 pesos/hr to use it here which is a lot since I just get 40 pesos/weekday starting Monday (although they gave it to us already). I'm going to try to post a bunch of pics on myspace so if you have it check it. Love you guys lots and miss you tons!!!