Photo Blog: VRF & EIST

If you know the meaning of these acronyms, you are in the Peace Corps club…and you probably just shuddered.

If you are not in the know, I would like to say two words: Government Agency. Now, racing through your mind are words like “bureaucracy” and “acronyms” and “paperwork.” Am I right?

Those two little things have been occupying my week:  writing the VRF with the VRT and preparing a report for EIST.

In reality, it does not matter what they mean. What matters is that lately, I have been reflecting on my first three months as a Volunteer and thinking a lot about my home and work place. And rather than boring you with detailed paperwork, I will share some of my favorite photos that go along with these reports.

Lucky you; all the fun parts minus all of the drudgery!

Natural Resource Use

Many people still collect firewood the traditional way for cooking tortillas
Many people still collect firewood the traditional way for cooking tortillas
Don't worry, she has a permit to collect her firewood

Don’t worry, she has a permit to collect firewood

Tourism

The park has many options for tourists, including boating and ziplines!

The park has many options for tourists, including boating and ziplines!
More fun for toursits

More fun for toursits

Park-funded Development Grants

Grant recipient for a more fuel-efficient stove

Grant recipient for a more fuel-efficient stove

Government-funded reforestation efforts

Government-funded reforestation efforts

Around the Park

The park's little town, tucked between the mountains

The park’s little town, tucked between the mountains

My town, right on the park boundary

My town, right on the park boundary

Vistas, the park has in abundance

Vistas, the park has in abundance

Forest resident

Forest resident

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Making me smile

  • The incredible talent that everyone seems to have here for whistling
  • When I introduce myself, I give one name: my first. When people introduce themselves here, it goes something like this “I am Biologist Juan Miguel Hernandez Palafox.” And then they expect that you remember their whole name
  • Watching people sign their name. It is a very deliberate process of writing carefully, usually followed by the pen scribbling over the carefully written name, then decorative details added around the signature

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