Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Changing the world" camp

Well, it's now safe to say that I'm officially considered a Peace Corps trainee!

Today marks my second day in Philadelphia, and my successful completion of staging.  Can you believe it? Tomorrow morning (at 2a.m.) We're heading to JFK on a bus and flying to Johannesburg, South Africa.  After a few hour layover, we finally head out to Gaborone, Botswana.

My roommate and newly acquired best friend Tate and I have been in almost a state of denial, to the point where, during training, we would look at each other and assure ourselves that this indeed was real life.  I can hardly believe it...I am moving to Africa on Wednesday. 

Real life.

I can't say this transition has been easy. In fact, reading through all of the comments on my facebook status have left me teary eyed more times than not.  But I can say that I've finally come to terms with the fact that this is where I need to be. 

Honestly, I'm already homesick and it's only the second day out. 

We just ate our last American meal, by the way.  Mexican food, ((you KNOW it!)) Hahaha, I had a chile relleno (delicious) and about three margaritas.  God Bless the U.S.A.  I'm gonna miss that Mexican food....on the real.  Pretty sure they don't sell that in Botswana...

Real life.

My heart hurts, and I'm only two days in!!

But, if I were to leave any words to assure you (and me) that everything is going to be okay, I'll take it straight from the lips of the Peace Corps founder, and the greatest president the US ever had, John F. Kennedy:

"Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace."

-John F. Kennedy

Time to spread peace and friendship worldwide!!
!!!!REAL LIFE!!!!

ps. please remember if you don't hear from me in a couple weeks...no news is good news!

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