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Music of the Heart & Soul (May 6, 2016)

Music of the Heart & Soul (May 6, 2016)

Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina  Editor’s note: Jane Spelce served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, South America, from May 2013 to May 2015. She served in two communities, Yataity and San Bernardino. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Jane worked in non-profit development. A native Texan, Jane recently moved to Charleston, to James Island, to be closer to her children and new grandbaby. Article By Jane Spelce, Special to the Post and Courier Just recently I returned from a two-year journey into another culture faraway. There are many things that touched my heart and soul during that journey ... Read More »

“Build Your Dreams” Graduation Party

“Build Your Dreams” Graduation Party

Sixteen diligent, future business owners graduated from my class – “Construye Tus Sueños” or…”Build Your Dreams.”  They participated in a 3 month course, attending class every Saturday morning, to identify their potential business, learn methods for starting the business and all the factors that go into bringing it fully to fruition:  marketing, budgeting, strategic planning, financing.  Oh so proud of these participants who were faithful to attend each class to the very end, communicating beautifully, developing their innovative thinking skills and good decision-making practices.  Thanks to Miguel Zárate, Engineer, who has a practice in Asunción.  We taught the course together ... Read More »

The Conservatory Project

The Conservatory Project

  September 10, 2014:  Here are photos of some of my violinistas in their first classes! I am very proud of them. They are so attentive. Although they’ve not yet learned how to play, I allowed them to pull the bow across the strings for the first time, for these photos; however, we will be working on good positions of the hands, arms, and body in the coming classes so that they will know the best methods for making their instrument sing. Iván, Cristhian Achu, Rojas Fedeirco, Nicolás Nicolas Villalba Ccp, Nati, Sofia, Jhoana and Maribel! Bravo! For those of ... Read More »

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” –Steve Martin

When Steve Martin said that, I laughed, but I thought about it this way, too –  The sun goes down, you lose it.  There is the darkness of night, and the next day, how great! There you are again, back in the sunshine. I thought about Steve’s quote when a friend of mine back home asked what causes me to be so positive much of the time.  I started to answer her in an email but I decided I’d like to share my thoughts with the rest of you, too.  Why do I often think in a positive manner?  I ... Read More »

An Angry Bird!

An Angry Bird!

I gave up the idea of staying in Asunción for the day.  I had planned to spend Friday night there after my meeting at headquarters, with the idea of attending a great conference on Saturday.  But, I decided to return home, missing that fine event which included the chance to meet Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes at the AJE Congreso with my friend Marie.  A very scratchy throat, hot forehead and aching body convinced me to get on back to my site. Let me slip in here some information that I’ve been meaning to give you. Paraguay Emprende, one of my ... Read More »

I’m Home!

I’m Home!

The juice of a most delectable mango is running down my chin as I try to type. I think I may be in heaven, actually. Most every night Nuni delivers to me a cold mango brought from the patio refrigerator just for this moment. She comes to the back door, we’re both in our nightgowns by this time and she grins, hands it to me with a smile. We admire it, yellow-orange with blushing pink-red down one side.  We giggle, I say “Me Encanta!” y “Muchisimas Gracias,” then we kiss both cheeks,  wish each other a goodnight’s sleep and off ... Read More »

Goodbye to Yataity

Goodbye to Yataity

After the multiple security issues and other factors I experienced in my site, it was decided that it was best that I no longer live in Yataity.  With sadness, but with great hope for the future, I have said my goodbyes.  I have made many beautiful friends in Yataity and I will never forget them. I will be writing another blog in the near future with information about my new assignment.  More and more I am impressed with the Peace Corps and the way they have handled the details of my move.  I am full of gratitude for them! Below ... Read More »

Special Occasion with the Ambassador

Sorry that you might have to stand on your head to see this picture right.  I can’t fix it!   jejeje![In this photo, Ermis Justina Giménez, Maria Leonor Borja and I are with the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay, James H. Thessin, who was present at the Expo Feria in the Parque Temático Metropolitano Guasu.] In mid- December I went to a “Reconnect” training conference in Guarambare, to get back with my teammates from other sites, compare notes, share information, and learn more methods for implementing various projects.   Afterwards, I headed straight for Asuncion, (three hours ... Read More »

Great Friends/Great Students

Great Friends/Great Students

November 27, 2013   My English class –what great, happy, attentive students . . . We walked around in the plaza today, learning how to buy items at the Expoferia! Starting in December, these wonderful young people and I will be studying self-esteem, leadership, and civic participation, and learning more English, as well! Read More »

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