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June 2017

Friends/Family, I have landed in Cochabamba…for about 2 months now.   (published in Bolivia)

June 6, 2017 by   Comments(3)

Friends/Family, I have landed in Cochabamba…for about 2 months now.

First of all I would like to apologize for not updating my blog as much as I said I would. Bolivia is treating me very well and I am always doing something. I can hardly believe that I have been in Bolivia for 2 months. Time is flying by!

I am currently working in the Equine Therapy project but I only have one more week with it. Next week I will start working in the hospital as a part of my medicine project. Typical week for the Equine Therapy Project:

Mondays – (mornings only) brush the horses, clean up after the horses, wash horse things (still unclear on the horse lingo), and play with the 25 dogs.

Tuesdays – (mornings only) assist children with disabilities ride horses

Wednesdays & Thursdays – (all day) assist children with disabilities ride horses

Fridays – (mornings only or afternoons only or all day) varies from week to week

 

Even though I am working with horses, by far my favorite thing about this project are the dogs. There are about 25 dogs at the site. For the past few weeks I have started bringing a tennis ball daily for the 2 golden retrievers. By the end of the day the ball is so chewed up that there is no evidence that there ever was a ball.

The children are super sweet that come for the Equine Therapy. Some of the exercises that the children do include; moving legs back and forth, knees up and down, arms in front and to the side, arm circles forward and backward, swimming, one arm towards the ears of the horse and the other to the back, and standing up. Each child is very unique and has a different bubbly personality.

The horses are something else! I have never worked with horses, I have only gone horseback riding a couple times throughout my life. At first I was very nervous around them because they are quite a bit bigger than I am. Now I am still a little nervous but I can handle it. It is true when people say that horses can sense fear. I say this because during the first few weeks 2 baby horses would gang up on me! They knew I was uneasy around them and they would surround me.

Now about my host family. My host mom, Tatiana, is beyond amazing. She is a Spanish teacher and wonderful host! Because of her my Spanish has improved immensely. My extra-curricular activities include salsa dancing, wally (volleyball), and making new friends.

Update you soon!!

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Friends/Family, I have landed in Cochabamba…for about 2 months now.