Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ten Days to complete training

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In ten days I will complete the three months of training and be designated as a Peace Corps Volunteer. It has been a demanding time physically and other wise as I deal with a very different culture, different language and very different social structure. Attempting to reach some level of ability in the language has been a challenge. I will know in a few days if I have reached an acceptable level or will need some more training. I certainly will get more training opportunities as I get to my permanent site in a small village in the Brong Ahafo Region. I have a very good map and the village is not showing. However, I am ready to go, set up my two room home and get started with living and teaching there.

I am told this is the time trainees start the list of things they miss. Here are some of mine so far: My children, my family, my comfortable home, driving, the variety of foods available, something sweet, cooking for my self, controlling more of the days events, no roosters within a mile of my bedroom, a choice to sleep in, up to date news, the ocean, others to come.

Next week is likely to be a big event for the Peace Corps as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Ghana was the first deployment site for volunteers, so the ceremony to officially recognize this group will be a little bigger than usual. I will attempt to get some pictures.

I am feeling fine and ready to get started with the next two years.

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