A Week in the Life

Many people ask me what it is I actually do day to day while serving in Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer, and now that I am settled into my site, I have a pretty regular schedule. Here is a breakdown of a normal day for me in Chacas:

Sunday

8:30 AM – Mass in the Sanctuary of Mama Ashu

12:30 PM – Lunch with my Host Family

3:00 PM – Working with students on their business plans or English tutoring

7:00 PM – Dinner with Jorge at Pizzeria San Francisco, my town’s best restaurant that is only open on Sundays!

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Sanctuary Mama Ashu of Chacas, Ancash

Monday

9:30 AM – Alternating Financial Education/English classes in the Preschool (aka giving a lot of hugs and peeling a lot of kids’ fruits)

1:30 PM – Lunch with Host Family

3:00 PM – English Conversation Workshop with 9 English Teachers in the Province of Asunción

6:00 PM – Afternoon Tea with Jorge

8:00 PM – Dinner with Host Family

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3 Hour English Conversation Workshops with Professors of Asunción

Tuesday

7:40 AM – English Class with High School Seniors

9:15 AM – Work at the Municipality

11:15 AM – English Class with High School Seniors

11:55 AM – English Class with High School Freshman

1:30 PM – Lunch with Host Family

3:30 PM – Work with Tourism Guide Students in the Institute of Technology of Tazpampa (30 minutes away from Chacas)

6:00 PM – Afternoon Tea with Jorge

8:00 PM – Dinner with Host Family

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Checking out new potential tourism spots with the students of the Tourism Insitute

Wednesday

8:30 AM – Work in the Municipality

11:15 AM – Work on Business Plan Writing with High School Seniors

11:55 AM – Work on Business Plan Writing with High School Seniors

12:30 PM – Community Bank Meeting with Banco Asunción (1x a month)

1:30 PM – Lunch with Host Family

4:00 PM – Business Consulting with Small Business in Chacas

6:00 PM – Financial Education class in the Municipality for the general public

8:00 PM – Dinner with Host Family

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Business Plan Writing Classes in the High School
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Banco Asunción Monthly Meeting

Thursday

7:40 AM – English Class with High School Freshman

9:15 AM – English Class with High School Sophomores

11:30 AM – Work in the Municipality

1:30 PM – Lunch with Host Family

6:00 PM – English/Tourism with Don Bosco Artesans

8:00 PM – Dinner with Host Family

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Thursdays I have the most free time to spend with my Killa and catching up on me time.

Friday

9:30 AM – Alternating English/Financial Education classes with 1st and 2nd Graders

11:30 AM – Work in Municipality

1:30 PM – Lunch with Host Family

6:00 PM – Afternoon Tea with Jorge

8:00 PM – Dinner with Host Family

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English Classes with 1st Graders

Saturday

Usually a hike or activity around town.

Sometimes I help some students with English in the afternoons

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Kiara loves to come over and read my books, learn some English words, color in coloring books, and paint nails during the weekend.

Of course, there are always surprises and unexpected events that pop up, but in general this is the work and a typical day in my town in Chacas. The day starts early and ends early. I usually end every day by reading or watching movies or TV shows on my computer. I am learning to enjoy the simplicity of life and how to value my personal time to the maximum, because otherwise, living in a tiny town can get lonely or boring compared to living in a city in the United States.

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