17 days and counting
Trip Start Jul 18, 2006
18Trip End Sep 2008
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Today, I'm feeling pretty excited about all that I am about to face, but that changes from day to day (and hour to hour). Of course, sometimes I'm more nervous but as everyone has told me, that is perfectly normal.
For those that may not know, I am headed off to Benin (West Africa) to begin work with the Peace Corps. I will spend 2 days in Philadelphia doing a mini-training that will include filling out paperwork, getting some shots and learning the very basics of the Peace Corps. After that, I fly from Philly to Paris and Paris to Cotonou, Benin. From what I can gather, I will only be there for a few days doing some more training and then I will move to another city in Benin where I will live with a family for 3 months. During that time, I will get training from the Peace Corps regarding language, culture and my assignment as a "Rural Community Health Advisor." During that time, I am considered a Peace Corps Trainee (PCT) and it is only after completing that training that I am sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) and will move to my post, thus starting my two year commitment. My post will be in Northern Benin and as I mentioned before, I will be serving as a Rural Community Health Advisor. As such, I will most likely be doing work regarding infant and pre-natal nutrition. Really, the whole first year of my service will be getting to know the village and establishing the needs of the community with the non-profit I am placed with.
This whole adventure has been a lot to absorb and think about, but I'm taking things one day at a time and doing what I can to be as prepared as possible.
My address until September 2006 will be:
Rebecca Mrljak, PCT
Corps de la Paix Americain
01 B.P. 971
Afrique de l'Ouest (West Africa)
*please write "par avion" and "air mail" on the envelope & number your letters so that I am sure I am getting them all!
Peace (Corps) out,