Here I go...!

Trip Start Feb 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ok, we finished our staging today, and it has been so great. There are 34 people in my group, two who haven't gotten here yet because of weather delays...crazy stuff!  But they are FABULOUS.  Everyone is just very cool and different and there just seems to be all types of people, but we all have similar goals and interests so it bonds us. 
We leave DC at 3:00 AM tomorrow, so in a couple of hours, I guess!!  We have gotten a lot of info, which helps to alleviate some of the nervous tensions about what is going to happen in the DR.  We will be in two different locations in the DR for our training, some in the Santo Domingo area and then 4-5 weeks(out of the 11 total) will be spent in a different area doing more training with our specific group, so for me the Special Ed. people.  I won't find out my site where I will be for the two years of my service until week 9, so I'm praying to be patient :)  I def like to know things right away, but the Peace Corps has been good for me in the lessons of patience.
I don't know how interested you all are in like the facts of everything; I think it's interesting, but it's also pertinent to me.  I wrote something down like there are over 90,000 inquiries into the Peace Corps every year and only 3,000 + actually make it to be volunteers, which I had never known before, so the numbers blew me away.  The avg. age is around 26, with 1/3 being males and then 2/3 females, and 95% of the volunteers are single.  Single is one thing, but really, the majority of people in my group are leaving behind significant others and are going through those problems, where as I am leaving behind my beloved dog, Cooper, who I feel is just as important in my life!  :) 
Ok, I really will try to not make these posts crazy long; I have some issues with that, I know!  Take care all.  COME VISIT ME :)  Adios amigos. 

PS....If you do want to come visit, which I would LOVE, I am not able to have visitors the first 3 months for sure, b/c we are training or the last three months, which is a long time away, but just a heads up.  Start planning, guys ;) 
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