2 days until lift-off

The end of training has been an absolute BLUR. The last two weeks have been packed full of exams, presentations, spanish tests, essays about how great we are at adapting to Ecuadorian culture, and so forth. It was exhausting and stressful, but on Friday I was told I am officially being recommended for service as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and I will be sworn in by the US ambassador to Ecuador on Wednesday! It’s been a weird, wild ride, and I’m going to be really sad to leave Tumbaco and the amazing people here who have become my family.

Since my training group will be dispersed to every corner of the country soon, many of us without access to silly things like running water, internet, peanut butter, ice cream, and in some cases electricity, we have been trying to have as much fun as possible in the last weeks of training.

Our motto:

Last weekend we went to Otavalo, a super scenic and touristy town with a GIANT outdoor market about 2.5 hours outside of Tumbaco, for a day of sightseeing and gringo-ing it up. We also found a tiny microbrewery right outside of town run by a couple from Georgia, and got to try our very first Ecuadorian draft beers. It was really, really exciting.


This weekend I was able to see my parents in Quito during their layover on their way to the Galapagos (WITHOUT ME. i’m not bitter.). It was a short visit but it was really great to see them, and use their fancy hotel shower and take my very first, and probably only, warm shower in Ecuador. PLUS they brought all sorts of treats from home (read: PEANUT BUTTER) so that was pretty exciting too.

On Thursday morning I’ll head to San Vicente, my home for the next 2 years. I’ll start trying to figure out my job, getting to know my new town, and trying to not be terrible at communicating in Spanish. It’s going to be a huge adjustment to go from the rigid 8-5, 5 days a week training schedule to having to carve out a role for myself within my organization.

Basically, when I get to site, I am expecting some combination of –>


and of course

Even though I am slightly terrified and overwhelmed, I am excited to get to San Vicente and get my life started!

ALSO I finally got my new/permanent mailing address at site:

Rachel Good, PCV
Casilla 18-02-62
Bahia de Caraquez, Manabi

Snail mail is welcome and appreciated! Anything in the form of letters, cards, postcards (although I’ve heard it’s best to put postcards in envelopes because otherwise the postal workers take them for the pretty pictures) and/or carrier pigeons would completely make my day/life, especially once I’m all alone with limited internet access.

If you do send anything larger than an envelope, padded envelopes are better than boxes, and it has to be under 2 kilos (4.4 pounds) to avoid huge customs fees. Always declare the value of the contents as $0 and only use USPS. Let me know if you have any questions! I’ll also post this info in a “contact” section on this blog so it’s easy to find.

I’ve really loved hearing from all of you and staying up to date on your lives through email, skype, facebook messages, and smoke signals. Training would have been a lot harder to get through if it weren’t for all of your words of encouragement, updates, inspirational quotes, ridiculous youtube videos, and love!! Staying in touch will be a little harder once I get to site and have limited internet access instead of 24/7 wifi, but it will definitely still be a huge priority. Thank you for your support and PLZ keep it coming – the adventure is just getting started!



Going to miss Tumbaco and Quito and their amazing mountains SO MUCH.

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to require the most from you.” – Caroline Myss


2 thoughts on “2 days until lift-off

  1. Rachel, you are amazing, courageous and my wonderful granddaughter!!!

    You didn’t tell me last night that you were officially a Peace Corps Volunteer. I am so proud. Of course I will write and send packages to you. You are so resourceful that I know you will find a way to get internet access. Love you so much, Granny


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