August 29, 2004: Headlines: COS - Ecuador: Hampden-Sydney College: News from Caleb Varner from Ecuador

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News from Caleb Varner from Ecuador

News from Caleb Varner from Ecuador

News from Caleb Varner from Ecuador


Caleb Varner '02 Hello All:

I wanted to touch base with all of my friends and family for the first time since I have been in Ecuador. This has been an amazing and eye-opening experience. To see such poor people live as happy as they do, it is very refreshing.

For the last 6 weeks, I have been in traning about 3 hours west of the capitol city of Quito. Most of my traning has been in organic agriculture and language/culture. In six more weeks I will be placed in my site for 2 years of service. This site is called Luz de America. The population is about 5000 with major agriculture production. My role will be to utilize my economics degree and farming background to help modernize the business operation.

My new contact information will be the following:

Caleb Varner
Casilla 17-24-146
Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
South America

As far as my living arangements go, I will have running water every other day, electricity, and a clean bathroom in my house at my site. This is more than comfortable by the standards here.

I will have e-mail access about 30 minutes away by bus and will be able to keep in touch with people in the states frequently. Additionaly, I have signed up to be in a worldwide school program. In this program I will be paired with an Aericam school and relay information about life in the Peace Corps in Ecuador.

I am excited about what the next two years will have in store. If they are going to be anything like the last 6 weeeks, I will be touched every day.

You are in my thoughts and prayers daily!

All the best,

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