Peace Corps Philippines: North Cemetery
Our assignment when we arrived to North Cemetery was just to entertain the kids. Play games and keep them engaged. A Peace Corps Volunteers currently working with North Cemetery provided a lot of materials we could use. Chalk, face paint, crayons, etc. I started working with the teenage group 15-18 but it was only 4 girls in this group so after a while they we all moved over to help play with the other younger children.
Loved the kids but I still can not wrap my head around the fact that these kids and families live in this area. A 6,000+ community living life in this in this 54 acres cemetery. It wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be but I did notice that my image of the Philippines was completely skewed. Just go to Pinterest and type “Philippines”, then try another search using “Peace Corps Philippines” two completely different images. This IS a third world country and something needs to be done besides vacationing to a beach with the clearest water and whitest beach. I just hope I can make my service meaningful and meaningful to others. I would be ok serving a community like this and I think I would like to be in an urban environment. This is where the action is and where I can be most beneficial.
Photo Credits: AJ
-The Natural Travelista
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