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July 23, 2011, 10:51 pm
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Caazapá, Paraguay!

Caazapá is a district smack dab in the middle of Paraguay (similar to a U.S. state), and the capital of Caazapá is conveniently also called… Caazapá! I am still unsure of how many people live in this ‘medium-sized’ city- I’ve heard anywhere from 3,000-24,000 people. Hopefully I can clear this up exactly when I visit their municipality. Caazapá is 4 hours by bus to Asunción, 5 hours to Encarnación, and only 45 minutes to Villarica, a large city in Paraguay. There are TONS of Peace Corps Volunteers in the area working in different sectors. In fact, there are about 3 Peace Corps Volunteers in my own group that are each only about an hour away from me!

But the best part is that my main project is working with a Cooperative in Caazapá, Ycua Bolaños. My main ‘community contact’ (the person who will help me become accustomed to Caazapá and introduce me to many people) is named Lariza, and she is the head of the co-op. My job is to help them launch a micro-credit program to their farmers! Words cannot express how thrilled I am; it is a literal dream come true for me to be working so intricately with micro-finance while I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer.

So surprise! I am here in Caazapá right now as part of my final preparation to become a PCV. I am here for five days to get an introduction to my new home and job. Peace Corps Paraguay has a rule that PCVs live with a homestay family for the first three months of service, so Lariza has already found me the most wonderful homestay. I will be living with Catalina, an older lady who is the head of the accounting department at Ycua Bolaños. She has three children, but they are all grown and now she lives by herself. She is extremely sweet and prepared a lovely room (with a brand new mattress!) for me. I have my own bathroom, hot running water- and yes, I know you won’t believe it when I tell you she even has a hair dryer, and lets me use it. Such luxury I have never known in Paraguay.

Meanwhile, I have already fallen in love with the city of Caazapá. Every single person I meet here tells me that the city is ‘muy tranquilo’ (very chill/relaxed), and I must say I have to agree. Though it is the capital of the entire district, the city of Caazapá is actually quite small. I tend to think that the reason for this is because there is no large road that goes straight from Colonel Oviedo to Encarnación, the biggest city in the South of Paraguay- there is only one small asphalt road. Therefore, the paved road ends in Caazapá, so there is not a lot of traffic down here.

But it still IS the capital of the district, so there are still plenty of shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, bars, hotels, restaurants, and other amenities here- but still small enough so that you get to know your neighbors, and its safe to walk about. Plus there are vegetables here- even cucumbers!! That’s a rarity for Paraguay. This is exactly what I had hoped for, so again, it’s a dream come true. In fact, Caazapá reminds me a lot of the town I grew up in, in Madison, New Jersey. I think it’s a perfect fit.

I know that right now I am in the ‘honeymoon stage’ of being a PCV and everything is so romanticized in my mind- but I am currently milking it for all its worth, because I have a feeling I am going to LOVE this entire experience and I am absolutely ready to call this my new home.

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