by Anne Ruelle
High: This month, eight other Peace Corps Volunteers and I held a GLOW Camp (Girls Leading Our World) in a town called Alegría. 13 teenage girls from our different communities attended and spent 4 days in icebreakers, team-building activities, and crafts. We also led sessions on self-esteem-, leadership, goal-setting, and healthy relationships. It was incredible to see how quickly they became close friends and were goofing around and dancing.
Low: Time is moving by quickly and sometimes I feel caught between what waits for me after Peace Corps and all the things I want to do with my community before then. It is going to be a bittersweet year.
Glitter: This year, 14 members of my community are going to high school. They are in a special program a distancia because they don’t have the means to pay to go every day of the week, so they go just on Sundays and study at home during the week. Many are students who just finished middle school but there are also some adults who are in their 20s and even my community guide who is 50. Last year only four students from the whole community went to high school so this is a huge improvement!
Anne Ruelle graduated from Providence College in 2013. By working to promote social change and forming strong relationships, she hopes to be a part of creating a more just, equal world. She is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Community Organization and Economic Development project in El Salvador and lives in a hot, rural community in the East. She loves eating pupusas, salsa dancing, and learning Salvadoran “caliche” (slang).
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