Waiting for Staging Forms

Trip Start Feb 06, 2007
Trip End Apr 26, 2009

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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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trevorivey on

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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