Well, things are getting exciting now. On Friday, I received an email from my Peace Corps Placement Specialist, and she had a list of questions for me to answer. The first one on the list was how soon I would be available to leave! Are they going to send me somewhere very soon? (I could have answered, “Is tonight soon enough?” But I didn’t.)
Perusing the list of departures in the Peace Corps timeline, I had fun imagining myself in various countries. I have been an avid reader of the Peace Corps blogs for months. At first I chose 2 countries per day to read blogs from, but lately I’ve simply been bringing up the general Peace Corps Journal site, where everyone’s blogs show up in reverse order of when they were posted. Could they squeeze me into the Albania group leaving March 18? That would be good! Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kyrgystan, and Uganda all leave in April. Wow! There’s variety in that group! Everything from mosquito nets to snow to 10-mile bike commutes on rough terrain. If I have more lead time, we’re into May, which would mean Guyana, Ecuador, or Paraguay. June, when I’ve been nominated for, has widespread representation of regions: from Asia to South America, Central America to Pacific Islands. And Africa. Moldova is not yet on the list on the website. And I think the Peace Corps has been planning to reopen in Tunisia in June (postponed from the fall). That would be fabulous!
So with all these possibilities, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking! It doesn’t really matter where I go, since the experience will be amazing in any country. Rough, exhilarating, frustrating, interesting, Bring it on, Peace Corps! Life is calling and I’m willing to go wherever you send me!