Peace Corps update: SOUTH AFRICA HERE I COME!!!
Hold fast to dreams and they will come true!
It took a whole week for my invitation to travel across country, but it finally came! I didn’t get to actually open it myself because I went to Las Vegas this weekend with the Markham team to celebrate the end of the year (which was amazing — love my team so, so much!) One of my roommates got it and opened it for me. I couldn’t wait any longer and would have been talking about it all weekend if I didn’t know what was inside that beautiful blue packet.
After a seven month application process, I was invited to serve as a school teacher in South Africa! I will be working in a primary school (ages 6-15) as part of the Schools and Community Resource Project. This has been an ongoing Peace Corps project since 1997 — currently there are 106 volunteers in nearly 250 schools in over 100 communities. I leave on July 10, train from July 12 – September 13 and my service ends on September 13, 2014.
My primary duties are:
The hardest part about this assignment, according to my invitation kit, is the use of corporal punishment in schools. Eeek…
I will be living in either the Mpumalanga or the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provinces of South Africa. I will live in a family structure in the village I serve in, meaning I’ll have my own room in a family’s house (which could be anything from a tin-roofed house or a modern brick house). I likely won’t have running water, but it seems like I might have electricity.
What am I most excited about? The fact that I get to visit City Year South Africa and connect back to my roots (joking, but not really…)
I have a lot of research to do about South African culture, education system, etc.
South Africa here I come! In exactly 52 days. Life is crazy.