by Anne Ruelle
High: The relationships I have been able to make. This year, I have found my loca familia salvadoreña and incredible friends, and have been welcomed by an entire community of people willing to take me on as one of their own. Their smiles are some of the most beautiful and genuine I have ever seen.
Low: Seeing the hardships my community members face, whether it is gender-based violence, a dried-up harvest, or lack of basic necessities like water. Also, it is HOT, but that’s life!
Glitter: I live in a hammock paradise! Often, hammocks are the only furniture and serve as beds, couches, and cribs. Whenever I arrive at a home, I am always invited to take a seat (or a lay) in the honored hammock. Not many people can say their work is done from a hammock!
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).
The contents of these posts are personal and do not reflect any position of the US government or Peace Corps.