August and September were months of comings and goings here. We had the yearly group of Italian volunteers from Rome come for two weeks and leave at the end of August. Meanwhile the first new Salesian Lay Missioner, Vivian, arrived towards the end of August. Also Michelle, a Cochabamba Salesian volunteer, passed through Montero on her way to her site.
Extended community dinner (left to right): Tom, Michelle, Vivian, Aubrey, Ramona
Then the first week of September was a flurry of arrivals with Madre Clara, the big cheese, returning from her trip to Europe and three other Salesian volunteers arriving: Maggie, Monica, and Tania.
Then too soon we had to say a sad goodbye to the outgoing Salesian volunteers, Aubrey and Ramona.
Then two weeks later Lainie arrived and finally AnnMarie (a repeat volunteer from last year)! Now we’re a group of 8. Each person brings their own talents and skills to offer and each is staying a different amount of time so the experiences differ but we all travel down the same road together for this brief period of time.
Sunday night community dinner (left to right): Tania, Lainie, Maggie, Monica, Vivian, AnnMarie, Tom. And I’m taking the picture.