So, when I had to change sites from Ejido Gogorrón to San Blas the biggest thing I took with me was the importance of having a plan. While in Gogorrón, I worked on several projects (some more successful than others), but they often lacked long term vision as I struggled to simply find myself in this new environment. When I moved to San Blas, I took that wandering and languishing feeling with me to create and design The Warrior's Path Project.
Needless to say, I am very proud of of all of the students in the class and am very thankful of all the people who helped me with my project. Just as importantly, I'm happy to say that we were able to accomplish every single thing we set out to do. In fact, the biggest compliment I received was from a Peace Corps staff member who admitted they were doubtful that I would be able to accomplish as much as I wanted to, but now that I did it they had become inspired.
In the end, the program graduated 7 of the original 11 applicants. Of the 7 who graduated, 4 are already in college and have received their academic scholarships. The 3 remaining graduates are high school seniors and will be receiving their scholarships when they begin college next school year.
All in all, this is what we accomplished:
- Read 3 books of Mexican literature
- Wrote and rewrote 2 essays
- Safe sex education (given by a single mother who graduated from the program)
- 4 sessions of nutrition education with pre and post testing
- Planned for college (like identifying schools, majors, and exam dates)
- All of the students reached yellow belt
- Trained 2 to 3 times a week in Tae Soo Do for nearly a year
- 2 fundraisers to raise money for training equipment and scholarships