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Saturday, January 24, 2009

And then there is what really happens.....

As Nicole mentioned in a past blog post there is plan A ( which we had figured out down to the last second ) and then there is what really happens, also known as Plan B. As of now, Plan B is in full effect. Nicole and I have truly enjoyed our experience working with the program we are currently working with, Global Vision International. They are very well organized, we know exactly where our money is going, we have met so many good people also involved with the program, they have great relationships with the communities that they work in and most importantly they truly do make it all about the children. So when GVI offered Nicole and I an internship in Ecuador, we decided to change our plans and we jumped at the opportunity.

Dom ( the project director of GVI in central and south America ) spoke with Nic and I last Monday and explained to us what an intership would involve. This basically entails going to their similar project in ecuador and taking on more of an organizational role. Overseeing the volunteers, helping the volunteers with lesson planning, buying the food for the school food program, and being a contact person in the field. This sounds super interesting, especially since we would be based together ( in Otavalo ) but each responsible for a separate community project (they have four communities in ecuador which are fairly remote. you actually have to take a bus and then hike 30 minutes into the andes to get to one of them!). There is an intern house where we will stay, the internship program offers 20 more hours of spanish lessons and we will still be able to take a two week break in March, allowing us to go on our planned coast to coast biking trip across Costa Rica. We still have a week left here in Guatemala and we will make our way down to Ecuador for a Februrary 13th start date, How Exciting! We will plan to intern with GVI in Ecuador until the end of April and will then move on to Peru and Africa as planned. This will significanlty reduce our time originally planned in Nicaragua and Peru but with one door closed a new one has opened.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

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