Peace Corps Paraguay, 1984-1986 - Ñu Pyajhu Guasu - Caazapa - Paraguay

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Peace Corps Paraguay, 1984-1986 - Ñu Pyajhu Guasu - Caazapa - Paraguay

Peace Corps Paraguay, 1984-1986 - Ñu Pyajhu Guasu - Caazapa - Paraguay

Peace Corps Paraguay, 1984-1986 - Ñu Pyajhu Guasu - Caazapa - Paraguay

Peace Corps Paraguay, 1984-1986

Ñu Pyajhu Guasu - Caazapa - Paraguay

Brian teaching dental hygiene to his health group in the "church." His job was "rural health educator."

Our Peace Corps home, the "Casa Paroquial" built for the priest who never visited. This is the beautiful and famous Tayi tree (lapacho), considered the national tree of Paraguay. It towers above other trees and comes in different colors- pink, gold, red and violet. But pink is predominant by far. It is the first bloomer in the spring. The wood is extremely durable and has great commercial value but the people enjoy them dotting the countryside and rarely is an area completely stripped of them.

National Peace Corps Association

Gallagher, Matthew , local Peace Corps recruiter, Arlington, VA--

Ready to open a wild hive. Isn't that a fantastic veil? It's made from a vegetable gourd with holes punched out by the ears, a small piece of screen, and a woman's slip sewn on the bottom to tuck in until his shirt. My job was to teach bee-keeping to rural subsistence farmers.

This is how we transport bees from the hive to the apiary (in background). I tried it but didn't have the neck muscles to go far. Vilma and her sisters have carried full boxes (very heavy) for at least five kilometers.

Sterile technique, Ñu Pyajhu Guasu style. Brian vaccinated almost all the children against the normal childhood diseases and never lost a customer!

Marino and Brian vaccinating chicks against Newcastle's disease which is common in rural Paraguay. We also worked in small animal husbandry with fish, chickens, and pigs.

The Fariña family in 1986.

Mariano Fariña with a grandson on his lap. He was my favorite beekeeper and and one of the smartest people I have met in my lifetime. Always ready with a laugh and a joke, he and his family are still our very good friends.

Playing teeter-totter on the gate post. In the background is the road out of the community. The little girl with shoes on was visiting from the nearest town of Caazapa. Maria Uvaldina lives at the house in the yard. Our house is next door and we hauled our water from Maria's yard.

Luciano Escura drinking tereré.

Ox cart carrying our worldly possessions the day we left our field site. The road had been closed for a month and pavement was 85 kilometers away. Luckily we only had to walk 25 of those kilometers and had friends willing to carry our belongings, in this case Vidal Benitez and son Isadoro.

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By mario ulibarri on Thursday, November 21, 2002 - 10:27 am: Edit Post

Hi! My name is Mario Ulibarri,I was a volunteer in Itacurubi de la Cordilla from 1984-1986.Would you know anyone who is there now? I would like to get in touch with some of the people I knew there.I was involved in cooperatives and bees.

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