There's one phrase every PCV wants to hear from their community. Whether you're in Africa, Eastern Europe, or South America, you want to hear people saying you're hard working. When in site, you know your language is terrible, you know you generally have no idea what is happening around you, you don't get to choose your food, etc etc etc... You just think to yourself "As long as they think I'm a hard worker, I'll survive this."
Some Paraguayans have the perception that getting up between 5 and 6 in the morning makes you guapo. Others think that walking a lot, or studying a lot, means you're guapo. In San Jose Boqueron, it has everything to do with physical labor.
Even as I was working along side two other people, I couldn't help but revert to my conventional large-scale agriculture line of thought and thought "What do you mean this isn't round-up ready? Let's hop in that air-conditioned tractor and blast this kokue with some glyphosate!" Haha, that is NOT how things work here. In Paraguay, you grab a hoe, put on your sombrero (recently tied with string), hike out, and start chopping. It was hard work, but well worth it for the result.
I spent the rest of the day talking with my contact and met up with Jose, the KOICA volunteer that works out of Ybycui that I think I mentioned in an earlier post. The afternoon gave me a chance to practice both my Guarani and my Spanish. Overall, a very productive day!