You are about to read about my adventures in Haiti and then in Bolivia. They range in emotion and tone. Most of them have a little sarcasm, irony, and are aimed at making you laugh. All of them are meant to help you understand what it is like to be a missionary-volunteer.
There are many challenges and sometimes I just want to go home. But no matter what I'll make a difference here!
Wish me luck cuz I'm going to need it.
Yup that’s it. I've had a long as-heck week and I just can't seem to organize my thoughts so you get them in an un-edited charlie foxtrot. I'm sorry to do this to you, wait no I'm not cuz that means I don't have to edit this crap. What Have I been doing? The beginning of the week was normal, then s- got harder. Thursday I started my visa process which is, in the mildest of terms, a pain in the keister. I mean how hard should it be to volunteer to help educate someone elses country? And the people who work at the best jobs have the WORST attitude. Don't say hi or else you get kicked out! What the Foxtrot is that? Corruption... Gotta love it! So instead of a cohesive blog you get this... You can all thank the Bolivian Government.
Seriously, What the Foxtrot?Sometimes I don’t know why I’m here, I mean I do, but I don’t…What good am I actually doing?I frack up so much here that I might as well just be another dude,I’ve been trying to become good friends with this kid named Diego, yet every time I try to set up a meeting I freaking miss it.I don’t want him to think that I don’t care but honestly I have other priorities that I have to put first… like getting my Visa info done.
How to Chill 101...
Some weekends I feel like slacking off on Saturday, it is quite literally my only day off down here.Yeah I may be able to catch a nap sometimes during the week but it’s the only time I get to say no to all the things that are piling up around me.I woke up at 11 today.Sure I was up at 4:15 so I could get my visa done and went to bed at 11 pm but that’s my fault!
Sometimes I feel like a man in the middle of a blizzard with a little gardening spade.I can’t seem to dig fast enough.As I get more familiar with the needs of the community down here I see all the different things they need me to do and my time to return to the states is quickly approaching.(hence the bad feeling about my day off).Then on top of that being here has made me super susceptible to getting sick.A cold could last a month or three.
When in another country you never quite feel healthy.There is always something nagging at your health.I can’t put my finger on it but it’s this worry, the diet is different (I miss veggies soo much) and anything you eat that isn’t cooked could potentially give you some sort of bug.On the flip side it is extremely rude to say no when someone offers you a gift of food.It is just like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.If you don’t know what I’m talking about look it up.
Yet with all that s- piled up this is one of the most awesome experiences of my life.I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.It’s been as memorable as my college experience with close friends (Haitians, Bolivians, Americans and more), great experiences, and a feeling of fulfillment.I can complain about many things down here but not the experience as a whole.
Just a cool pic.
When you finally get the feeling of being accepted by the community at large it is an amazing feeling.For me it happened when they started calling me “Big Show” for the Big Show, Y’all know who I’m talking about.They seem to think it’s a term of endearment and it fits so I don’t fight it.I just smile and wave whenever I hear my new name and recognize that I’ve been accepted into the community here.
Down here nicknames seem to be a huge deal.Everyone has one (except Sister Nora who is going to be a Saint).Sor Leo is Sister Lion, because when she yells it’s freaking loud.Every volunteer who comes down is “Ticher” but that doesn’t translate to Professor or Teacher as we know it.It just means volunteer.I’ve heard this name being shouted from the darndest places.Kids who I’ve never seen will run up to me and hug me because I’m just another “Teacher.”This has to be one of my favorite things down here.
Oh so you can do it… Right?
There is an assumption down here that Americans can do a very wide range of things.Being an engineer doesn’t mean that I can make airplanes it means that I can fix a copy machine, do a little plumbing, and basically anything else of that sort.I love it but sometimes it gets me into a little bit of trouble… such as offering my services to help someone build a kit helicopter…I think it was in Spanish and things are still a little hazy as far as that’s concerned.
Freaking A, I just want everyone out there to know that volunteering with other people is a different experience.I have been on a site by myself and with other people.Being the social butterfly that I am I tend to prefer the company of others to my own.EVERY single person I have met on mission has been amazing in their own way and I’m going to write up personal profiles for each of them so you can all get to know what they are like.Cuz guess what, they rock!
Anyway that’s pretty much all the randomness for right now.I miss you all and I’ll see you shortly… I hope.If you have any prayer requests feel free to hit me up and I’ll get the community on it.