Boston. Peace Corps Pre-Training Staging. Now I am officially a TRAINEE. (I considered this my major recent accomplishment during icebreakers.)
At 10 pm tomorrow I’ll be flying with 28 other-that’s right, 28, a much bigger group than I expected-trainees to Praia, Cape Verde. Yahoo! There I will be a trainee for 9 weeks before being officially sworn in as a PCV (Peace Corps Volunteer). The PC loves to use acronyms, so if nothing else, writing a snazzy dictionary of their terminology could be my Post-Service career choice…
The Cape Verde crew is large and awesome. There are a few couples, a few older trainees, a few fresh n’ green out-of-college trainees, and everyone is interesting and reacting differently to this pre-departure phase. (I am jumping into my dorky, ‘a mother’s-best-friend’, mode. Leading groups, taking notes, taking names… ) Major coincidence thus far: there is a guy here, Adenymai, who went to Huron High school, in ANN ARBOR, that’s where I went to high school! Same graduating class and everything. Go figure, I move to another continent and the world gets smaller!
Well, I’m off to repack the luggage and plan some more ‘snappy business casual‘ outfits (a.k.a. business casual in more colors than grey, blue, tan, and black). Wish me luck!