On Beginnings

It’s been a week of ends. The last training session. Our last meal at Colombo (gracias a Dios.) Some unexpected goodbyes.

I’ll be honest: it’s been a rough few weeks. The schedule has been long, I haven’t slept through the night in a month and my closest friend here went home. There have been a lot of ups and downs–but all in anticipation of tomorrow.

This week, we wrapped up training. We had a session on Colombian history (why we waited until now, I don’t know, but it was useful!) There was an emotional commitment ceremony and affirmations and cake for the language facilitators. We filled out too many evaluation forms and practiced singing the Colombian national anthem.

But tomorrow is the beginning! Tomorrow is swear-in day, the date that was stamped on our invitations, the day we officially become Peace Corps Volunteers! The (acting) U.S. ambassador to Colombia, a representative of the Colombian government, the mayor of Barranquilla, all the Peace Corps Colombia staff, the host families and my two favorite host uncles are coming for the event! We take the same oath as the President of the United States, as well as the oath for Colombia in Spanish.

This is the beginning of the official volunteer service, and the beginning to a hell of a lot of stories to tell! The first story will be a report on how well the PCVs of group CII-5 sang the Colombian national anthem in Spanish on swear-in day. 🙂

So wish us luck! This is the beginning of the next two years!


(this is not all of us, but it’s the closest thing I have to a group photo on my computer–until tomorrow!)



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