Wow! It's been awhile since the last time we updated you all via this blog. We have been more consistent on Facebook, so if you haven't already 'liked' us you should do that (click here).
Remember when we were first thinking of coming to Haiti we said we might come for 6 months up to a year? Well, it is coming up on one year, and we still don't have plans to leave. But at the same time, our mission has changed over time. We started out by thinking we would raise all our support from family and friends who were interested in our development work here in Haiti, but we soon realized that wasn't very realistic. Although we were very thankful to the nearly 100 people who invested in us, we saw that this wasn't sustainable. As it turned out I was able to get a paid position within a few months of us getting here (doing the same thing we had come as volunteers to do), so that solved our problem. When we were living on donations, we felt an obligation to let our donors know everything that was going on; hence the frequent blog postings. But now, we have settled into living a pretty normal life here, and we have been occupied with other things. I'm not saying we will never write another blog again on this site, because we probably will, but just know that they will not be frequent.
With that being said, I would like to briefly catch you up on what has happened over the last few months.
In February, Vanessa heard about a position that seemed to be her 'dream' job. She didn't have anything to lose by applying and within a few weeks she had been hired as the Communication Officer at an organization that is heavily involved in rubble removal, relocation, education, health care, and rebuilding. It has been a great learning opportunity for her, as she THE communication person for them in Haiti.
Vanessa and her 'staff'.
As for me. Well, you may know that I was a teacher before coming here to Haiti. As the year here has gone on, I have started to feel the itch to get back into the profession. But I wanted the right opportunity. I didn't want to be a glorified camp counselor who did arts and crafts and cart wheels with kids all day. That's not why I came to Haiti. Anyways, long story short, I found out about a 4th grade teaching position that was open at one of the best English speaking schools here in the capital. As with Vanessa, I had nothing to lose by applying, and what do you know? I will be teaching 4th grade at said school starting in August.
I decided I wanted a little time off between employments. So my last day a Zafen was June 15. I really enjoyed my time there, and I learned a lot about businesses, finance, crowd funding, etc. and how that all works in Haiti. I worked with a lot of great people there, and I look forward to their continued success in the future.
Farewell lunch with my coworkers.
We are really looking forward to the start of our second year in Haiti. Only time will reveal the adventures we will have.
As always: Peace. Love. I'm out.