We´re on to June, which means about six more weeks to get everything wrapped up. I ran around last week in San Salvador doing my final medical checks, writing reports, and filling out surveys. My goal is to get logistical things done early to make time for everything else (i.e. visa stuff and saying goodbye to the town). I am also in the middle of two fairly large scale projects which are supposed to be finished by the time I leave, so there will not be a lot of down time in the near future.
The biggest news, in my opinion, is that the papers have arrived from the Embassy! That means I need to send in a few forms and schedule Ismael´s physical so that they can give him an interview date. That is what´s on today´s schedule. This is his last week of work, so as of next week he will be back home. Hopefully we can get an interview date within the next couple of weeks, and that will be the final step until we get to the States. It´s a relief to think that we are almost done for now, but the interview is really the deciding factor.
As for the waste management project...the funds are supposed to arrive in the bank account today, so tomorrow we are scheduled to go buy the first load of materials. This will include large trash cans for the local stores and restaurants as well as equiptment to build a storage shed on the composting lot to endure the rainy season (which has already started). We are definitly excited to get this project underway. We are also preparing to paint an environmental mural and to do trash education classes with the schools.
Finally, I am starting to think about what to do with all of my stuff. Much of the larger furniture Ismael and I have decided to store at his parent´s house, thinking that we might have a place for it later. Other items I will be leaving with the school or the kindergarten. Further still, some things I will give as gifts or just leave it up for grabs to anyone interested. I want to get started on this process, but I still use a lot of what I have, so I have to wait to get rid of it all.
Needless to say, it´s a pretty hectic time, and it´s only going to get more stressful before it calms down. I am staying positive, though, because most everything seems to be happening on time (or at least in a reasonable time frame). But it won´t stop when I am back in the states because then it becomes wedding planning and j0b search time!