“The place you stick out the most is the place where you should stay. Because that’s where you can contribute something new”- Riz Ahmed
What a month. October has been incredibly busy, but exciting none the less. I love not knowing what the day will bring. I am in constant awe; the hospitality and kindness of the people, the intense beautiful colors, the smiles, the breeze – everything. I am sure I will soon get used to it, but I am hoping I stay in constant awe for as long as possible, it’s a great state of mind.
Keeping up with the blog is difficult, So many aspects of my life have changed and it is hard to write down all the differences and similarities of this unique chapter of life. I welcome your suggestions or questions for future blog posts (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
here are a few highlights from my month:
- Living with the Lemoa family has been a blast. My Host dad, Levai is the pastor at the church, a fisherman, a farmer, the cook, and a really great dad to all his children- he’s a Jack of all trades and he does it all with a smile. Last week he asked me why I am doing The Peace Corps. He thanked me for my dedication and for helping his country. It was sweet and heartfelt. My host mom, Maselina is a quiet queen. She is always smiling, and a great mom to her children. She told me the other day, “I am your mom, I wash your clothes!” She is a hard worker and keeps the house tidy, she is also a champ at taking it easy. All of their children are active in the church, great singers and dancers, and just plain good people.
- The family boat rides have left me in awe. The blue water, the tiny islands- straight off of Planet Earth. We saw sea turtles, dolphins, and plenty of beautiful fish. We took a coconut break and relaxed in the clear blue water. Rachel and the girls serenaded me with Moana music. It was so perfect that we went again the next week and a few Peace Corps friends tagged along. This time the waves were bigger and I lost my stomach a few times. The boys caught lots of fish, the gals enjoyed the views. While swimming, we got caught in an intense rain storm. We laughed a whole lot on this day. We dropped off each friend with a half of a fish, it was quite the experience. It was once again a perfect boat day!
- Training has been an overload of important information. Monday through Friday I am in training with 15 other Peace Corps Trainees. We are the 89th Peace Corps Samoa group and it is evident that the leadership team has put a lot of time and effort in to making training effective and fun. I am really enjoying my new group of friends here. This past week we completed our first practice teach in the local school where our training is held. It was nice to be in a classroom again with smiling kids. A huge difference from teaching in the states that I find difficult is simplifying everything. No longer am I asked “How can you take this lesson deeper?” it’s now “How can you make it simpler?”
This month flew by. Though training is an intense beast of a ten weeks, I look forward to the rest of it! In a few weeks I will find out where I will be serving for the next two years, and in December I will swear in as an official Peace Corps Volunteer. There is a lot to look forward to and I am excited to share it all with you.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the photos!