LDR without Technology in the Peace Corps

I just received this comment on the blog that I wanted to share with all of you.  (The comment structure is kind of weird on this page, and I can’t quite get it to do what I want, so wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this one).

Hello and thank you for this wonderful blog. I am currently in the 9th month of my peace corps service in Peru. I just wanted to leave a comment to encourage people who are in the first stages of a peace corps ldr- my boyfriend and I are doing great, even without technology like video skype or cell phones. A fundamental quality of being a peace corps volunteer is the resilience: the ability to face and overcome outrageous obstacles, all the while maintaining belief that anything is possible. This is what it means to be a peace corps volunteer. You have to believe that, even if a place and a people have a desperate lack of resources, with enough hard work and dedication life will get better.

I visited him (he lives in Japan) a month ago and, as was eloquently stated in one of the blog entries after a trip, the love that is there in letters in emails is just as strong in person. So don’t fret about if your significant other is going to be without the technology to talk to you every day. I live in a very rustic location and we get to exchange emails a few times a month. It still works. You can do it!

It was so great to read this comment, because it is so different from our experience.  We were definitely spoiled by his location and his access to technology, and honestly not sure how well we would have done without it–but I am so happy to hear it is working for you guys!  Congrats and keep us posted. :)

  • Loreto:

    Hi! I want to thank you so much for sharing all your experiences! It was such a great moment when I got to see your blog. My boyfriend just start his volunteer time in Kenya a month ago… and I’ve been experiencing lots of different feelings about it.

    For one side, I feel so proud of him… because I see how he is actually truly living what he wants.. but at the same time it’s so tough been so far away from him… Actually, I feel that the toughest part is that we’re not able of being in contact all the time, since he is very focus on his training…

    Anyway… I really understand that, because probably I would do the same if I was in his position.

    Well, I decide to write you because I would like to ask you if you could advise me about what are the most important aspect that I should take care about him… I mean, what do they need most at the beginning?

    During these last weeks I’ve been trying to keep writing him, to let him know that still when we’re not talk for a while, he is still present in my day a day life. Trying to share with him what I’m doing here, and somehow… trying to keep our communication as it was before he left.

    But I’m not sure if that is actually what he needs now, so since your boyfriend is already back… I wanted to ask you if you guys could give me some advises about what kind of support I should give him.

    And my second question is if at the beginning is when they actually need more time with their self to get use to all that new experience?

    Well… I thank you again for all your help & for sharing such a amazing experience with me.

    All the best for this new step that you are taking together!!



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