Outside the Curve: Paraguay

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In the future, we’ll be trading questions between Stephen’s students, and kids at the Learning Curve! But first, here’s an introduction to our first series of posts, from Stephen, who currently works with students in Paraguay.

Star Trek is something that comes to mind when I think of being a Peace Corps Volunteer. It isn`t that I am on some super far far away mission in another galaxy, but it sure does feel like an adventure “boldly going where no man has gone before!” The thing is that there are plenty of people here where I now live in Paraguay. In fact, there are just over 6 million people in all of Paraguay. But there aren`t too many foreigners here. In my community, I am the only American or estadounidense. So in a lot of ways, I represent the United States of America as the missionaries on the USS Enterprise represented… well, Earth.

Walter and I are showing off our work which is a map of an improved community!

Right now my project is to work with the youth of Paraguay or jovenes. Paraguay has a surprisingly young population, therefore has a need for emphasis on youth and education. My project sector is called urban youth development. Although our idea of urban and Paraguay’s urban is a bit different. I live in a city of 30,000 people called Paraguarí. It is the capital of the 9th state, or as they call them here, departments.

My classes liked the idea of being representatives of their culture and opening a dialogue with the youth of the United States. I expect that you guys have a lot to talk about, and even if you are two worlds away and come from different cultures, we all have a lot to share and a lot in common.

If you could visit another place in the world, where would you go? Why?
(Si podrías visitar otro lugar en el mundo ¿Dónde irías? ¿Por qué?)
China para conocer la cultura con mi grupo de orquesta. – Ayelen, 10 years old, 5th grade.
(I would go) to China to know the culture with my orchestra group.

Me iría en Argentina por que tengo prim@s que no conozco y me gustaría conocerles. – Luz Marina, 11 years old, 6th grade.
I would like to go to Argentina because I have cousins there I do not know and I would like to get to know them.

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