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I finally figured out how to set up a blog! J Our training group went to Windhoek (the Capital of Namibia) last weekend and we got cell phones and 3G sticks. We have free internet from 1am-5am. The time is challenging but it’s worth it to get up as the 3G charges by the gigabyte or megabyte and not minutes so it can get used up quickly. I’ll do my best to update this at least a few times a month.
So far I love Namibia and the Peace Corps! The trainers and staff are wonderful and this is a meat eating country so we are being fed quite well! We start our weekday mornings at the training center (we moved into our home stays with local families last Thursday) with songs in all the different languages. The language trainers have great singing voices and really get into the songs which gets us all smiling and going for the day.
I am learning the language of Afrikaans and although I don’t think it is as hard as the tribal languages from up north, it still has its challenges. I have a great language trainer and a great group! We have made up 3 different songs using Afrikaans to help us learn and remember. It also helps us laugh and reduce the stress of the two hour class first thing in the morning. The rest of the day is spent learning health related topics or culture or our role as a volunteer in this great country. We are very busy during the week and this weekend is our first weekend with no field trip or other planned activity. It will be nice to spend time with the host family (who consists of Jan (John), Espiranza and their 3 year old daughter, Janice). They are lovely people and very hospitable. This is their first time hosting a PC volunteer so it’s a learning experience for all of us. I also plan to go into town for a while on Saturday and meet up with some other volunteers to walk around and get lunch. We are all still taking turns having good and bad days. There is so much to learn and we are all still adjusting to our new lives.
Okay…just wanted to give a bit of information for now. I’ll share more exciting stuff about where I’m at and what not next time. Thanks for reading! Lekker bly!