I do speak a bunch of languages. In fact, I always found it really weird that the Government sent me, having a degree in Spanish, to a country in South America that speaks ZERO Spanish. I’m not sure why I was slated for the indigenous villages. For whatever reason, they decided to put me in the Amer-Indian group instead of the Maroons. I took to the languages of Suriname very quickly: Dutch, Sranan Tongo, and even some of the languages from my fellow volunteers. So, they decided I would be well suited for Tiriyo, and the village of Peleleutepu (Tepu for short). They were concerned about my ability to handle a remote location. I wonder why….

But, I was very excited that I got to learn the really hard language.