Deadlines and timeliness have never been my fortes, but this one is just ridiculous. It has been a couple of months now since my last post, and quite a bit has happened during that time. First and foremost, many of you (my seven or so dedicated readers) probably already know that I am no longer in Paraguay. I won't get down into the nitty-gritty details, but let's just say that I had ideological differences with my boss. The situation in my school was not improving, and I was under increasing pressure from the office to start showing better results, but there was really nothing more I could have done. Pulling the plug was not how I wanted to end my service, but at the end of the day, that really seemed like the best (and only) solution.
Despite the inauspicious ending to my PCV career, I do believe that I made and impact in my little community of Ka'itá. Before I left I made arrangements for my ongoing projects with other volunteers in the area: a health volunteer from a site just down the road is going to come and help my women's commission construct and learn to use their fogones, and my good friend Michelle in Oviedo has been working with my school kids to help finally start painting the map. I can't wait to come back next year and see that giant, colorful map all completed. Now I just hope that they use it!
Yes, I meant it when I said that I will see this map again. I am already making plans for a Pan-American adventure journey across Mexico, Central and South America. For that journey I will start a new blog, so keep an eye out for that. Now I just need to find a job!