Today our site placements were announced. I will be going with one other volunteer (Bethany) to Anshun (pronounced 'on shwun'). It is one of the most rural locations in Guizhou. In fact, it is one of the most rural locations Peace Corps currently serves in China. There are over 200,000 people in the area. I think it is big enough to be on google maps, so you can check it out there. Nine people in our group are headed to Guiyang, which has a population of about 4 million people.
The two girls who were former volunteers in Anshun (we are taking their places) came to talk with our group about secondary projects before they left for the states (They were China 11s, we are China 13s). They began this enormous effort to clean up their campus and spread awareness about putting garbage in cans. They left a packet of information to guide us. I will include some of that here:
Items for future volunteers (us):
dishes, sheets, towels, mop, broom, dvd player, sheets, pillows.
Sometimes the water will go out, but keep a bucket of water to flush the toilet.
Oral English, Listening, Literature, Reading, Writing, Culture.
What is a place to 'get away'?
It is very easy to get away. Just go to the mountains!