I am tired and it has been a long first week of training in Albania. However I am incredibly lucky.
I am spending time with other volunteers so I don’t want to be blogging too long .
Orientation has been a whirlwind. It has included language lessons, briefings on safety, medical, introductory meetings with program staff, and some baby steps of walking around and talking to Albanians. We have been staying in a wonderful hotel in our central training city, known in peace corps terms as a hub city.
Tomorrow afternoon we leave for our host family sites that surround our hub city.
I most likely have even less access to internet. My host family
city village is very small. I don’t know much else but my host family consists of a host mom, her 20 year old son who is a farmer and her 16 year old daughter who is a student. I’ll post more after I have spent some time there because now everything is inaccurate or hearsay.
The first few moments, or days, or weeks, or months with a host family can be uncomfortable and awkward. Your knowledge of Albanian language and culture is limited and requires a willingness to be a total fool in front strangers.
Embrace the awkward, have a laugh , maybe a shot of raki and enjoy.
Welcome to Peace Corps Albania !
The last two weeks have been invovled with packing, visiting, tears, joy, anxiety and
everything in between.
Packing was a process and I ended up having to take less than I expected and I probably still ended up over-packing. As I write this though from the airport gate both my checked bags weighed in at approximately 50 lbs or less. For those who I spoke to this week know that this was a major source of anxiety.
Thank you to everyone who I was able to see and speak to these two weeks and all those who have supported before. I am feeling extremely lucky to have such wonderful friends and family in my life.
I am off to DC for a night with some amazing planner friends who I admire and
adore.Tomorrow I’ll meet face to face with the Peace Corps Albania crew and then off to Albania!