Apparently the Peace Corps likes to wait until you are about to leave for the trip to give you more paperwork to fill out, items to pick up, and information to remember. So much to do!
Now that my departure date is approaching I find myself in a zombie trance. I reassure myself that I am capable of problem solving once I get there despite not knowing the circumstances of my arrival.
Communication will be uncertain at first. I am told that I will probably not have internet access the first week or so and there is no way of knowing how I will get it until I reach my host family site. The point is....blogging might be random for the first bit. The Peace Corps will send my mother an email when we have arrived safely on site. I told her to post that information on my facebook so that others can rest assured that I made it to the other side of the world.
The agenda for now is as follows:
Tuesday 4:00am (airport)
Wednesday (DC orientation)
Thursday noon (leave for Germany)
Friday 12:30am (arrive in Kazakhstan)
Saturday 9:00am (orientation at Kok Tobe)
Sunday (move in with host family / visit)
Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm (training begins)
These first few months will be a rigid 6 day a week training fiasco! The majority of the time will be spent covering health topics, safety and security, administrative policy, Russian and Kazakh language, cross-cultural issues, and teacher training.
I am excited...for the moment until I get nervous / possibly overwhelmed. But I thank everyone for their gifts, support, and encouragement as I make my way towards Central Asia.
Peace Corps Blog.
click above to play a traditional Kazakh song that I really like called the Karajorga. It is very popular and there is a traditional dance that is performed with it as well.
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