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Day 245 - 32 new volunteers

Today the newest group of Peace Corps volunteers were officially sworn in. The group consists of 16 rural health and sanitation volunteers, and 16 municipal development volunteers. Remarkably, this was the first group in years in which all of the original trainees made it all the way through training. Two trainees went home for various reasons while I was in training, which was considered an unusually low number.


Of these volunteers, three will be coming to the municipality of Torola. I worked with the school teachers in El Progreso to solicit a volunteer, and told my boss that I felt city hall could potentially benefit from having a volunteer to replace me. And, as I mentioned yesterday, the canton of Tijeretas, working independently of me, solicited their own volunteer.


As there is currently no American ambassador in El Salvador, the acting ambassador, a former volunteer from Sierra Leon, presided over the ceremony, which was held on the grounds of the ambassador's residence. When the ceremony ended, we were treated to a genuine American feast, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, mac'n'cheese, and brownies. To remind us that we were in El Salvador, tropical fruit was also served with dessert.

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Taken on April 2, 2009