About Me

My name is Molly Clesen and I currently work as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Springfield Public Schools. I interned for 5 weeks this summer with the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This was an opportunity to empower and contribute to an amazing program in this local community by working with the clients to help them complete tasks independently, teaching lessons on writing, Braille, and other techniques, and participating in games and exercises to stimulate other senses. My goal has been to keep all supporters informed with up to date information about my fundraising efforts and experiences abroad. Even though I have returned, the center for the blind continues to need support. If you would like to donate to a very worthwhile cause, please click on the "Donate" button below. Thank you and any support you can provide is very appreciated. --Molly

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Estamos aquí!

¡Hola de Bolivia!

Day one was fantástico!  We arrived in Cochabamba at 7:30am and the director of Sustainable Bolivia picked us up at the airport, Michelle.  We hung out at the home office for the morning and met LOTS of international travelers who will be volunteering with the organization.  We've met people from all over the US, Luxembourg, and the UK.   So far everyone has been  very nice and the vibe here is great!  After resting and touring the house/office, we went to meet our host family.  It is comprised of a husband, wife, and 3 daughters.  We've eaten great food, including ápi (thick, hearty drink made of quineoa, corn, cinnamon, and a little sugar) and buñuelos (a pastry made of white flour) for dinner and potato soup for lunch.  Communication with the family has  been fairly easy and they are very understanding. Katrina and I share a very large room and are living in what we have lovingly named  El Jardín de Secreto (The Secret Garden).  When I post pictures, you will understand why we call it this :)  Tonight, we are going to a conference that was arranged by  our sister, Linda, and listen to a speaker talk about internet safety and security and the importance of protecting personal information that one might post on different sites (i.e.: Facebook).  Tomorrow we will have a tour of the city and then go to work at the M.G Center for the Blind.  I should be able to update and the site and call the US a few times a week as SB has a computer and phone that is free for use and there are plenty of places to pay for time on the internet.  That's all for now everyone, adios!                  

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