"Benja" settles in
My worm farm is prospering
in the shade of my front porch. The Red California worms grow
quickly and eat a lot, making lost of compost. Photo provided.
Editor's Note: Ben Hasse, BS '01, is six months into a two-year stint
with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. He would love to hear from readers
at Canton Luis, Nueva Guadalupe, Dpto. San Miguel, El Salvador C.A.
For a photo gallery and the latest report from
Ben, please go to:
Greetings from sunny El Salvador! I've been pretty busy lately. I heard
a lot of talk about Peace Corps being frustrating because of too much
free time. People are always talking about sitting in the hammock, etc.
Maybe it's my community, or maybe it's my personality, but I AM busy.
Granted, that includes things like playing soccer, showing the neighbor
kids my worm farm, and going for hikes to learn trees with my friend
Calín, but I'm still busy.
I've been in my community, Cantón San Luis, Nueva Guadalupe,
for a little over two months. I'm still getting to know people, but
a growing number of natives call me "Mincho" or "Benja"
instead of "Gringo" or "Chele." Chele means pale,
and it was applied to me because I'm light-skinned.
I'm really, really grateful to be in San Luis, especially since it
is a small and friendly community. Although I don't have any big projects
lined up, there are plenty of people interested in working with me on
one thing or another.
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