7.07.2007

Day 49 - Service Training - Going to our first site visit

We are approaching 50 days in the Peace Corps. Or rather 50 days in training. Time is starting to go quickly. On Monday we go on to our Community Conference where we will meet a person from our community. I’m nervous. It kind of feels like stage fright. We have a day of lectures and activities with our community guides and then we go with them to visit our community for the first time.

We have five days in our community. I’m not really sure what we are going to do there. The only thing I know we have to do is meet the families who have offered to host us and decided which family to live with and negotiate a price. I’m not really sure what a good price is. Plus talking about money is always awkward and not speaking the language well only intensifies that feeling. We’ve been told that in the more rural communities often the price is buying food for the family for the time you are there, or just paying for your own food. They say that it is about $30 per month per person. It will be interesting to see how that works out.

It will also be interesting to see how the trip into and out of the site goes. People tell us the location of our community is beautiful. A beautiful lush river valley with houses situated up and down the sides. I would like to get some pictures, but we are not supposed to flash around cameras, so we’ll see if we can get some pictures from a distance.

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