Friday, November 7, 2014

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Almost. There.

It's been a long and grueling last 10 weeks. The training that goes into preparing to become an official PCV is strenuous and takes a mental and physical toll on you. 8 hours of technical trainings and Spanish classes really does leave one mentally exhausted. But it's almost over...

Next Friday, November 14th, I, along with the 32 other trainees in my group, will swear in and become an official Peace Corps Volunteer. This is an exciting and fulfilling moment for all of us as we will have successfully completed the rigorous and demanding 11-week required training. It's also a super bittersweet moment for the group. On the one hand, I'm beyond excited/anxious/nervous to move to my site and get started working with my new counterparts, students, and community. On the other hand, it means the splitting up of our tremendous group. As trainees leave Barranquilla to their permanent sites, it will be hard to see them go. The good news is that they are just a quick bus ride away!

The one tradition that has helped keep us all connected as a group has been Soccer Thursdays. While those of us staying in Barranquilla will continue to play and improve our skills, it just won't be same without those moving on to Cartagena, Santa Marta, and the surrounding pueblos. You can bet that all-staff reunions and retreats will include at least one (if not more) friendly games of this sport that we have all come to enjoy and love!

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