About this time two years ago, I (yes, I, faithful readers) was scouring the interwebs for blogs from current volunteers about what it was like living in Peru, living in rural areas, and what volunteers DID. In the process, I remember stumbling over one blog that gave me a little fright. It was a WATSAN volunteer’s blog, and he wrote about doing survey work to improve a waterlines (or something along the theme) in the community. Survey work? Sounds like engineering! Fuck. I look on the dude’s profile, and he’s a Master’s International Student in Engineering and has a giant beard. I qualified for WATSAN with skills as a carpenter in a college theatre and mediocre Spanish grades. I am neither an engineer nor a facial hair grower. How am I going to survive in Peru (a fear reverberated by most other volunteers, especially sans beard)?
(First off) Well, two years later I gotta say – it didn’t matter that I wasn’t an engineer. My job (and most Peace Corps jobs) didn’t require being engineer but rather just being a leader. Being a leader in the community and knowing how to talk to people. So when I didn’t know something and I hit a wall. I did have some good resources.
I’ll let you in on a little hint: your best resource is….