Posted by: cgross1 | May 18, 2011

Inservice Training and Incoming Trainees!

Over the past two weeks I have had inservice training, so I have been having classes on technical skills and more involved project planning. I was able to sit down with one of the officers from my association and talk through our large project plan of creating a new product line of soaps and pomades (lotions/creams). This project will be a rather large undertaking, as we are essentially starting from scratch to create a new product line, which includes doing market research, marketing, and experimenting with product formulas to find the best ones. Hopefully now that we have done the project plan, we can take everything one step at a time.

I am also looking forward to getting back to site so that I can start my girls’ club, which I have been excited to do. I will choose a select group of girls at the local high school, and will form a club that covers different topics such as English lessons, life skills, family planning, and whatever else they would like to learn. It will be a great opportunity to learn from the girls in my village as well!

In other news, a new stage of trainees will be coming in the next month – it’s so weird to think that we will no longer be the new kids on the block! The new trainees will be agriculture volunteers when they swear in in two months after their arrival. It’s so odd to think that I have already hit the seven month mark, and am steadily marching onward toward the eight month mark!

I am very excited to be coming home in less than two months now! It will be amazing to have some basic amenities like running water and electricity! It’s funny, because I don’t particularly mind not having them at site, but on the rare occasion that I do have them, like during inservice training, I appreciate them all the more!

Anyway, I will see you all soon!

Until next time,



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