Waiting for Staging Forms

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Just two months ago, I accepted an invitation to serve in the United States Peace Corps Paraguay program, leaving February 6. So many emotions run through my mind as I sit here in my apartment trying to "prepare" for life overseas for the next two years. For the last year, I've lived out of boxes - getting myself ready for the challenge that lie ahead. I've downsized incredibly - throwing things out, yard sales, boxing up, etc. It's hard to believe that this is what I'm going to do - travel to a country that is some 2,000 miles away, learn their languages, and live/work there. But, how exciting! Plenty of people ask me - why? I ask them why not!!!! Everytime I pick up one of the several books that I've purchased about Peace Corps service, I read with excitement and joy about what my experience might be like.
I'm waiting on the Peace Corps....again...again! Now, one must realize that they are a government agency. This has been the longest job application ever - probably the longest I will ever embark on. I applied for a post the day after Christmas 2005....going through all the hoops of beaurocracy....application, interview, dentist visits, doctor visits, lose the weight, receive clearance here and there, and finally be invited to serve! What an amazing timeline! I'm actually quite proud of myself though. If this just doesn't work out....if the adventure comes to a premature end before I COS (familiarize yourself with the Peace Corps acronyms! ~ completion of service, April 2009), this Peace Corps "thing" will have been good for me - look....I've lost almost 100 pounds -- I am a much happier and healthier person because of that! I'm glad they made me lose the weight!
So for now, I wait for my staging forms to arrive. I know that I will be staging in Miami, and that I leave on February 6. There, I will meet the other members of G23 Paraguay --- the name of my training group. At staging, I will submit my registration forms to formally enter duty as a PCT (again, familiarize yourself --- Peace Corps Trainee), attend 12 hours of orientation and training, receive additional immunizations, and prepare to leave for Paraguay!
Until then - I have enough to occupy my time! I'm still working at Fire Mountain Grill on the weekends, putting away every dollar I can. My brother will be getting married in August 2007, so I am putting away as much as I can for that trip home. I will continue to work there until mid-January. I am also working with a 5th grade group of students at High Hills Elementary, teaching math/science while their contracted teacher is out on maternity leave.
I got all of these boxes coming out of the gazoo in my apartment. I'm sorting through all of my belongings, with the thought in the back of my mind that, Lord willing, I will be coming back in a couple of years and "might need that.' I hate throwing things out! Pray for me!
 
 
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snowlover77
snowlover77 on

God, You and Paraguay
Trevor, I read your comment and I have to say again how incredibly proud of you I am for joining the Peace Corps. You will do wonderful! I know it. You have that humanitarian spirit dep inside of you that longs to soread your wings and truly make a difference in this world. I have great faith in you and I know this wil be so good for you. I feel it. I will miss you terribly but I am also excited for you. So much awaits you and I can not wait to hear about your adventures once you get there and get settled in. Always be true to yourself and be proud of who you are and keep God inside your heart and pray to Him always for guidance and support. You know He is always there for you.
I don't know anyone that has the drive and the determination that you have. Young people this day and age don't sem to have much passion for things. But you do. I feel so strongly that you are going to learn so much and be a part of something incredibly amazing. I want you to always rememebr how very very much I love you and respect the man you have become. I take pride in who you are and what you have done with your life this far. You're a college graduate. I cna't even begin to tell you how proud I am of that accomplishment. I know firsthand how very very very hard you have worked the last 4 years to acheive this. You have super motivation and that alone is something to be proud of. Know that I love you and will pray for you always. Love Mom

kengba
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RPCV
I came across your blog from a search I do on google for Peace Corp related articles on the net. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa 1977-79 as an health educator and nutritional cousellor. I'm reliving some of my pre-service emotions while reading your words. I was excited, scared, and totally alive!!! I'm curious to see how your experience pans out because EVERYBODY'S experience is life transforming. One thing to get use to is waiting; American time is not like the rest of the world. Enjoy the slow downs and get to know the people living with you at your station. Like your Mom, I'm proud of you too, America needs patriots working for Peace in the world.
Peace,

Mark Filice
RPCV Liberia '77-'79
Sedona, AZ

trevorivey
trevorivey on

Re: RPCV
Thank you Mark for your kind words...please keep me in your thoughts and prayers...the anxieties are mounting....but the excitement...the very fear of the unknown keeps me at ease!

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