Written Sunday, May 8, 2011
On Tuesday, we got our site assignments. I opened my assignment packet and read the first few sentences that graced the cover letter:
- You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life.
- Peace Corps will give you the opportunity to directly affect the lives of many people.
- You will see these effects and carry them with you for the remainder of your life.
- You will also have the opportunity to live in another’s shoes.
That’s a pretty deep way to open a letter. And I don’t think this was fluff, spin or “good PR” that the author of this letter penned; I really believe the words that they wrote to be true. So, here I am, at the cusp of realizing a desire I’ve had for at least the last five years. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.
I met my project partner—who is amazing—on Wednesday, and then we drove to my site. I love it! I’ll be following up on the work of a previous volunteer, which has its advantages and drawbacks. But all-in-all, I’m really looking forward to the ride.
I’ll keep this post a lot shorter than the previous one, but the last thing I’ll do is make a shameless push to encourage my family and friends to visit me by saying that the previous volunteer’s family rented a resort home with three floors, five beds, four bathrooms, a pool, kitchen, dining room and deck within walking distance from the beach for just USD$125 per night. And it was wooooooonferful!! 🙂 Pics below.