It's been a long but exciting transition into working with Manna, and I am excited to begin getting my hands dirty running programs and working behind the scenes to make Manna function at its best. In the past month I've been an English teacher, plumber, chef, expert at playing Uno, librarian, and so much more that I never thought I would experience, all of which have grown me and shown me that I am capable of more than I imagined. I am so excited to see what surprises and adventures the rest of my time at Manna with hold.
After almost five weeks in Ecuador, I am struck by the beauty of this country and its people! It has been an exhausting but incredible transition. After a week in Quito and then a week in the Valley, both with host families, we are finally settled into the Manna house. It was so wonderful to have the old PDs show us the ropes and it was sad to see them go! However, I'm definitely ready to begin. Unpacking and moving into my new room was a surprisingly enjoyable task after living out of my suitcase for a month! I am absolutely loving the abundance of avocados and other fruits and am excited to try my hand at making some traditional Ecuadorean meals very soon! Luna, our house dog, is also making the move here a little easier by providing some puppy love. With only five of us volunteers we are all pretty busy. Summer camp began this week and is in the mornings and then we all are working in the Manna Library almost every afternoon. But the kids are great and so far camp has been organized chaos full of English lessons, art projects and dancing- overall a great success! I am so excited to begin my selected programs next month and continue getting to know the community members and Ecuador!