Entry #35: Out of the Dorms and in to the Community

Date: 23 June 2019
Time: 20:05
Location: My Concrete Crib


Josh, what happened to “every day?” Where were you!

Easy there tiger. I can explain, haha.

For the past couple days, it has been a crazy amount of moving around and LOTS of new information that I really didn’t want to make the time to post on the website. Some things we have been doing include repacking everything we had and re-prioritizing our pack for the next 5 weeks of language training, wrapping up our training for our AED service and overall assimilating in to Ugandan culture, and finally having one last hurrah with the cohort, it’s been pretty packed.

Because of the consistent inconsistencies in the life of Peace Corps, I decided to change my schedule for the sake of sanity, data, and electricity:

I will be posting every other 3 days, starting today.

It’s a big change from posting every day, but as the workload and intensity begins to increase, in order to sustain this website, this will be the new schedule. I will return back to the Daily posts when I can confidently say that I have the time and resources to do handle it in the long-run.

Weren’t you going to talk about your new language last week? What about that?

Mpolampola (slow down).

I did mention that last week and didn’t mention too much about it until now! As mentioned earlier, we have moved from our original site to a homestay living situation. From here, we have been placed in our language regions, of which I was placed in Lusoga.

From our training site, all of the volunteers have been traveling to a new site based on their language region. The regions will change from cohort to cohort, so for our group we were distribute throughout the North, Central, and Eastern regions.

Last week, we have went through a short language bootcamp where the main goal was to teach us how to communicate with our host family counterparts. Saying things like good morning and good afternoon, basic terms and responses. A week is not even close to the amount of time needed for fluency. All we wanted to do is get the basic message across of: “Hey there, I’m going to learn your language! Osiibye otya eyo!”

Overwhelmed is an understatement.

I feel like I’ve used this word so often in my personal writing, as well as posting on this blog and it has begun to lose its meaning lol.

Traveling for a few hours on the bus, moving in to a new community all over again, being separated by the friends we’ve just made has been both a physical and emotional toll on everyone, myself included. I play the game of consistency, so having all of these changes makes things very difficult. I’m able to bounce back from all of this, but just give me some time to recover if there are mishaps haha.

So, what do you think of Peace Corps so far?

Interesting.

I think in some ways, everyone has their own personal advantages and disadvantages which will put different people on many different levels of comfort. As for my personal experience, I think I can say that I made the right choice in committing to this journey.

I am missing a good amount of the other trainees. Writing our “warm and fuzzies”, which are our way of giving affirmations to each other, have been great. We all wrote a bunch of them to each other, although I was slacking because I ran out of time to write everyone’s 🙁 They are all great people in their own way, and with the three weeks that I’ve known most of them, I’m sure all of them are capable of being great volunteers.

Simply put, Peace Corps has been pushing me in every way, shape and form thus far and will continue to see this happening as my service continues. I am constantly finding myself in ways that I need to either strengthen myself or become flexible to meet our day-to-day needs. This includes time management, personal privacy, maintaining relationships with my friends and family back home, and staying on top of my game for the job I was set out to do.

I will definitely be continuing this journey and will see to it that I can share as much of it as possible 🙂

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