12 July 2007

Site Visit - Inspiration Manifested

I would like to just briefly comment on my impression of my future placement and home of the next two years... Ba.

Within just two days of arriving, I have already begun integration into the community. I have individuals, strangers, invite me into their offices to sit and chat about what I will be doing here and why I have chosen the Peace Corps. One such person, related his experience of having a teacher 20 years ago who was from the PC and how he was very appreciative of what I was here to do. He mentioned that at anytime I was welcome to come and talk and that he would like to invite me to have dinner with his family once I was settled in Ba.

My work looks challenging but productive and sustainable. I feel competent with all that is being asked of me as a volunteer.

What a relief and revelation this has been. I was fearing that the rigours and stress of training would be just a reflection of my future service. I am not deluded in thinking that my service will somehow be straightforward and easy... I acknowledge that there are many challenges ahead. However the main difference between the two being that I will be able to rely on my own techniques for remaining mentally and emotionally stable throughout.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhi it's Alex...do you have a new address in Ba? Rob and I miss you so much; we just got married this weekend and you were in our thoughts...Heather added the beads you made us for the shower into part of a bouquet for the church rehersal so that a little part of you could still be there (have to admit it made me tear up). If you send me your address, hopefully we can correspond via letter and we would love to send some good stuff your way...hope all is well and peaceful in your life! Remember we love you and think of you often, LOVE ALEX

Rob said...

Hey, Rae - I was just IMing someone using your account. It was surreal. Hope you're doing well. Jess is moving to NYC in a week. We're all out of girls now. I'm just back from Pennsic and need to hit the hay. Take care.