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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

¡Hola a todos!

With now just a month until departure, Peace Corps has been bombarding us with new information. Here are some of the new developments from the past week:

  • We are staging in Dallas, Texas. I called Sato Travel and booked my flight. I leave on March 24th at 8:30 AM and get into DFW at 11:30 AM.
  • Once at our hotel, we start registration and immunizations at 12:30 PM. The rest of the day is pretty much informing us about "what to expect".
  • We leave on March 25th for Belize: Departing 1:05 PM from Dallas and arriving at 2:55 PM in Belize City!
  • Upon arrival in Belize, we will go through a series of vaccinations: Hepatitis A & B, Rabies (woohoo!), and typhoid.
  • Pre-service training is 9 weeks long and will be carried out in 3 phases:
  1. Phase 1 (1 week)- This phase will take place at the Peace Corps office. During this stage, we will stay at the Garden City Hotel in Belmopan and attend orientation and training sessions at the Peace Corps Office in Belmopan. At the end of this phase, we will receive a community based training site that matches our language and project concentrations.
  2. Phase 2 (5 1/2 weeks)- This is the Community-Based training phase. We will live in one of eight training communities through out the country and will participate in a technical training program specifically designed for our project. We will also begin detailed training in one of the following languages: Kriol, Garifuna, Mopan Maya, or Spanish. We will also live with a host family during this time.
  3. Phase 3 (2 1/2 weeks)- At the completion of Phase 2, we will learn about our future site, meet our counterpart, and move to our future site for 1 1/2 additional weeks of field training. After this, we will return to Belmopan for 1 week to complete Bridge to Service training to prepare us to be sworn-in as a Volunteer.
  • We will be constantly assessed and be given feedback by training staff throughout this entire process and will be sworn-in on May 28th at the Governor General's "Belize House" in Belmopan!!
So it's been a pretty exciting week in terms of figuring out what to expect when we get to Belize...And yesterday, I even got to meet two of the volunteers that are going with me! Ok, until next time.