PST Week 1.
*Warning long post ahead*
What a whirlwind 12 days it has been since this journey has began. We have stared our pre service training (PST). We start every morning at 8am and end at 6pm each day. We are learning classroom practices, cultural awareness, security, health, and survival skills. Survival skills include using and cleaning a pit latrine, cooking with a charcoal stove, and hand washing laundry (which I was a pro at). I have honestly learned so much and I'm feeling much more prepared. Don't get me wrong I still have so much more to learn. We've only been training for a week. I also still have many anxieties, and I've already experienced bad days. Nonetheless I'm here and every moment has been well worth it. Except for when I fell and scraped my knee, leg and foot, that wasn't worth it, just very painful.
Not only have we been learning in a classroom setting but we've been learning and getting to know each other. There are 34 PCTs that have become like family. Which leaves me dreading the moment we all separate and head to our own villages around Uganda. It's going to be hard being apart from each other after living in a dorm setting together for 5 weeks. At this point we see each other 24/7 and separation won't be easy. It honestly leaves me anxious but I don't have to worry about that for 4 more weeks. I will tell you honestly I have made friends that will be friends for life.
We had our future site interviews and will find out in two weeks, two or three potential sites and then, a week later we'll get our official sites. This waiting is my biggest anxiety. I just want to know where I am going to spend the next two years and what language I am going to learn.
I know it's been awhile since I've blogged, here is something I wrote a few days ago about who I am right now in the Peace Corps and what I have been feeling.
I am a Peace Corps volunteer who is afraid of being insignificant. I am trying to make a difference but who am I to even do so? But I'm here to do my part anyway. I've come into this not knowing what I have gotten myself into or whether I am actually qualified to do any of this. However the Peace Corps still picked me, chose me for this job, so I am going to kick ass and do my part. My cohort and I have been in Uganda for five days now (actually 12). We are in pre service training (PST), so the days are long and we are learning A LOT. Going into PST I was so worried about everything and I didn't know what to expect. I was worried about my lack of qualifications and anxious about all things unknown. Don't let all that fool you... I have been so excited because Uganda is now my home for the next two years and that's been my biggest dream for the past 5 years has finally come true. But with any unknown there comes fear. Since PST my fears and anxieties have been lessened and I'm so jazzed about the program that I get to be apart of and hopefully start during my time in the PC.
I hope you enjoy following along on my journey and adventure in the Peace Corps. I can't wait for you to see how I learn, grow, and fall deeper in love with this country. I'm so thankful I get to share it with you as I experience everything.
Also if you want to read more about my cohort we have a group blog called Weganda http://wegandablog.wixsite.com/november2016 there will we get to read the experiences of my cohort.
As always let me know what you think and what you'd like me to write about so you can learn more about my Peace Corps adventure.