Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Things I´ve Found!


It´s been exactly 2 months in my site today! I can´t believe it! AND, everyday I continue to learn new things and experience new things. It´s very interesting how initally I had a vision of how my service would be-I would walk around and people would greet me with happy faces and invite me into their homes and we would talk and enjoy a little snack together. I don´t know, something like that. BUT, it´s definitely not so much like that at all. I haven´t gotten invited to many homes and definitely not by strangers, which could actually be a good thing! lol. Also, Honduras is definitely much more American and developed than I expected. For example, I just visited a house this past week that had a computer and a huge scanner-copier-printer in the living room! I was amazed! AND, most the people here know how to use the computer and the people in the cities have Blackberry´s and IPOD´s and´s definitely not what I expected. BUT, on the other hand, some people live in houses made of dirt and mud and don´t have electricity. It´s a really interesting contrast. But, despite these surprises, I´m just trying to find a way to make myself useful during these 2 years.

For instance, I have found, from an informant, that most all of the youth here do drugs and the parents don´t know about it or don´t care. SO, I´ll definitely start talking about that to the youth and I hope to start meeting with parents to discuss how to better the situation (know where your kids are and care more about them). I pray for support from God on this...cause I´m just 22 years old informing these old people on how to raise their children. LOL!

Furthermore, I would like to share some random, but I think important things with you-
Cultural differences:
*A female can´t be called a woman until she is married. I got laughed at for calling a 26 year old a woman. Clearly, to me, she is a woman, NOT a girl. But, here she´s still a girl until she is married.
*When it´s your birthday, you will have eggs thrown at you.
*There is always prayer before each meeting.

Funny Stories:
*So, one day I was walking down this dirt and pebble mixture path to the high school and it´s surrounded on one side with lots of trees (it seems like a forest) and on the other side with backyards and houses with cows and dogs. All of a sudden on the forest side, I hear a bird noise that sounds unique and interesting. So, naturally, I think to myself that I´m going to see (for the first time here in Honduras) an exotic bird. So, I curiously look up into the tree from where the sound is coming....and what do I see? ...a CHICKEN! I was quite dissapointed and confused. WHY is a chicken in the tree?

*One day I was walking and it was an especially hot day. As my arms swayed, I noticed that I was shiny and glowing! I thought to myself, ¨Self, you look awfully nice...looking healthy!¨ Then, after awhile, I realized it was my insect repellant...
*I officially introduced my family to roasted marshmallows (besitos-little kisses, I like the name in Spanish) about a month ago and since then we´ve had roasted marshmallows like at least 5-7 times! It´s a lot of fun, but after awhile it´s like WOW more marshmallows…but, for a week now we haven´t had any, so that´s been a nice break.

Well, hope you enjoy the information that I´ve found!
Talk to you later,


  1. So, I had photos...of the chicken, etc. BUT, they did not load. Next time...

  2. Thank you sweetheart for the stories. You made me laugh as always. Sounds like you are learning alot about the culture there and teaching them some fun things too. We always pray for you and glad you enjoy your pkgs. I enjoy finding you stuff and sending it to ya. Enjoy our talks on the phone, they make my day. Take care of yourself and enjoy all the new experiences there in your village. Tell your family I said hello and will meet them soon. Love you.....hugs and kisses.

  3. Vic forgive me butI have never been a computer wiz but I am learning. You teach us all & you don't even think that you do but believe me they will take to what you're teaching them because of that beautiful spirit & annointing that God has on your like so just keep walking (working)in God's will he has your back. Luv you take care

  4. Hi, Victoria! I am glad that you had some funny stories to share - I would hate for it to be all work and no play over there! As for the culture, isn't it amazing the differences in the way other parts of the world live? I have always thought that one of the most valuable things about this time away for you will be the chance to see a whole different culture, a whole new way of seeing the world. I wish every young person had that opportunity! By the way, did you get my package OK?? Love, Aunt Sandra

  5. Hi everyone! Thanks for the continued encouragment! I hope all is well and taht you´re learning to use the computer more,

    I just learned that my package has been here for awhile, but no one told me,so tomorrow I´m going to pick it up in a nearby town! Thank you so much for send me something! :)


  6. AAAAhhahha thanks for the stories!
    Why do they throw eggs? Is there a history behind that?
    Also...I think that teaching about drugs to kids/parents is a great opportunity to do some colaboracion with the community members to train local adults (maybe health works in the Centro de Salud) to give the workshops. It's more sustainable and they'll listen better because it's one of their own AND it's more sustainable. We should chat about this sometime. My work partner and I are trying to do the same thing now but with trash management using local experts to advise parents.
    God is using you in so many ways it's incredible : )