We received a note from Kayla Mollet, who was a naturalist intern at The Outdoor Campus from January to May of 2010, and volunteered here starting in the fall of 2011. Here’s what Kayla had to say about her service in the Peace Corps:
Well, it’s been over a year now since I arrived in my community in the easternmost part of the Dominican Republic. Things have been going well all in all with projects and general day-to-day life. I have made friends, created environmental youth groups and been involved in a community sanitation initiative, among other projects. I have learned a ton about Dominican culture, Dominican Spanish, development work and a lot about what I DO and DON’T like to do. Peace Corps service has its ups and downs, but I feel fortunate to be in a beautiful, vibrant country and to be supported by key Peace Corps staff, fellow volunteers, community members, friends and family.
For those of you interested in keeping updated with the wastewater project I emailed about last fall, things have evolved a bit; the project grew and we are still waiting on big chunks of money in order to start construction. Part of the growth of the project became my main project: trash management within the community. The wastewater treatment system has turned into a full sanitation initiative within the community that includes trash management and education about treatment of household water. Working on the grass roots level and WITH not FOR the community, the project inches along and progress is being made. We are pretty well lined up to start construction on the wastewater system as soon as the funding comes in. We have a group of youth leaders committed to integrated waste management training who will be community promoters on this subject. There are plans to distribute more trash cans within the neighborhood and to create a regular trash pickup system that has been lacking in the past.
If you or anyone you know are interested in learning how you could be of help supporting the project, I encourage you to check out this website: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fuentesdevidawater/
The mural that you see in the image on this website was a successful project the community undertook this year and includes important environmental messages about managing trash. Anyway, I hope this email finds you all well, and know that I am sending my best to all of you! I think of you all so often and can’t wait for the next time I get to come see you guys!