Hey there. I’m Wendy Ward and this blog is an account of my current Peace Corps service in Paraguay, South America. I arrived September 2012 with 53 other new volunteers in the agriculture and environment sectors. PC Paraguay is one of the largest posts in the world.
Peace Corps has been on my bucket list for 25 years. Why? Because I have always had passions for life, kindness, helping others, culture and adventure. And I never like to let myself get too comfortable in life. When things get comfortable, it’s time to mix it up! Peace Corps is a wonderful way to give back to humanity some of what it has given to me.
My service is focused on helping small family farms learn about sustainable agricultural practices, beekeeping, improving family nutrition and food security, increasing farm income, and more. Over the past year, my community has started a seed bank, received a grant to build solar food dryers for families (using the sun to dry fruits, veggies and meats for consumption during the low-production seasons), formed a women’s club and a youth club, and started a kids’ English class. In turn, I’m privileged to learn their native language, guarani, have señoras teach me to cook the local food, and learn much more about their culture, while forming deep friendships along the way. So far, these people and the country have taught me so much more than I can ever offer them.
Thanks for coming along on my adventures … I feel so grateful for this life I’m living and being able to share it with you! I pinch myself daily in disbelief that, in learning to follow my heart and having the guts to live a life out loud, to be fully alive, to follow my soul’s deepest yearnings, I am really pursuing this dream, no regrets…yup, I am farming in the heart of South America. Wow.
Wendy, aka “Sunflower”
(Sunflower in Spanish means “turn to the sun”)
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