Well this is it…hours away from meeting my fellow future PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers). We’ll be rounded up to complete a few formalities, orientation, and undoubtedly some awkward icebreakers. A night on the town, perhaps? And then tomorrow…on to Romania! What an exciting time. I can’t wait to meet my comrades and to get this adventure started…It’s been a great stay in DC, seeing my good girlfriends from Chile (love you Emily, Dana, Christine and Hannah!), as well as a dear friend from Oregon who I have experienced more than one adventure with (love you Andrea!). Will miss all my wonderful friends and family in Eugene and Bend (I will forever heart Oregon) and look forward to getting updates over the next two years. But for now…onward to Romania! Peace out, G’s.
Well here I am, two weeks from departure. What a crazy adventure this has been already! For those of you who don’t know (anyone? anyone?), I am off to Romania for a 27-month stint with the Peace Corps. I’ve been asked more than once, “Why Romania?” Well…I don’t have a great answer to that, other than… DESTINY!
Here’s how it all went down:
- August 2008: Submitted initial Peace Corps application
- October 2008: Two phone-interviews later, I was given a few regional options for my *Nomination. These choices included Azerbaijan/Armenia, West Africa, China, Mongolia, or “Asia.” Initially, I chose and was nominated for China.
- October 2008-February 2009: What felt like a scrupulously thorough and lengthy medical screening process ensued…
- February 5(ish), 2009: Medical Clearance granted! Hoorah!
- February 9th, 2009: Spoke with Placement Officer at Peace Corps DC office, who explained that I was not medically cleared to serve in my country of nomination (China) due to my technically having asthma, but that I was being considered still for Asia. I mentioned that I would also be interested in Eastern Europe…so…
- February 13th, 2009: Received Invitation packet in the mail (YAY!), inviting me to serve as an English Teacher/Teacher Trainer in ROMANIA.
So there you have it…I’m thrilled to be going to Romania, and can’t wait to discover what the people will inevitably teach me. What a wonderful, enriching opportunity. I am grateful.