Sunday, August 14, 2011

Last week of Training

So I know it's been a while since I have updated my blog but the Internet cafe is a bit expensive. So I am now in my last week of training. I passed my language test with intermediate low standing in Kiswahili, which is passing so I am so happy. Language has been a bit of a challenge and I hope I continue to progress in my language skills once I get to site.

We had our family appreciation day where we all thanked the families for hosting us and had a little program. It was very good and sad to say goodbye, but I am so ready to be going off to site and be done with training. Earlier this week I gave my host family gifts from America like potholders, matchbox cars, hats, books, etc, it was so humbling because they were so thankful. The children have not put down the toys and were playing the outside games until I had to say that we needed to stop because I could not see in the dark and was afraid to get hit in the head by the

Now I am in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, where we will finish out training. This week we will meet our site supervisors and have workshops with them to prepare us for departure to our sites. Then on Wednesday we have the swearing in ceremony, which I was chosen to do a speech for...YIKES! I heard it could be televised so a little nervous. I plan to write that speech today I hope it will go ok.

Oh on a side note I am amazed at the creativity of the children in Kenya- 2 examples: some children were putting each other in a car tire and rolling it down the hill! So funny but they were having a blast; the other one- I gave my host nephews ring pops for a present along with other things and after they had eaten the sucker they turned it into a top and have continued to play with the things! Now I think that is creative recycling. I wish that America children could be this way and not get all the damn toys they want and then have "nothing " to play with. Just puts things into perspective.

Well I have received two packages from home with welcoming arms. It was so great to get them. Thanks Ash and Mom. I will let all of you know when I get a new address once I am at site and then you all will be more then welcome to send packages or cards whenever your little hearts desire.

I think that these next three months are going to be a bit stressful because I will be in a new community, speaking Kiswahili and will be alone for the first time. I know I can do it but I think I might need some support so make sure to keep your phones handy and be checking your email. Well I guess I have taken up a lot of space and should be starting to write my speech. I hope all of you are doing great and I love and miss you all so much.