Saturday, July 08, 2006

Peace Corps Volunteer...officially

Well, I called Peace Corps and received the usual "Application Status Update" e-mail which basically states that I have accepted the invitation to Nicaragua and am now a volunteer. (I never thought I would see the day my application status page would be filled with all checkmarks--all of you applicants know the frustration I'm talking about...filling out forms and requests, then checking the status only to find out that again they are requesting more information!) It was truly a nightmare. : )

Anyway, on to the more important details. Just thought I would share a little about what I'll be doing, when, etc.

My Job Title: Environmental Education Promoter

My Job Description/Purpose: "To facilitate the sustainable management of communities' natural resources through education and community action in order to conserve the local environment and improve people's livelihoods." (Sounds pretty impressive, huh!) More basically, I will be working with teachers and primary school-aged children on environmental topics and projects, both in the school and in the community.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: Just remember, these dates could change.

*Orientation Dates (somewhere in the U.S.): August 28 - August 30, 2006
*Pre-Service Training: September 1 - November 17, 2006
*Dates of Service: November 17, 2006 - November 16, 2008

I think that's all for now. The next step (which will happen around the end of July) is to receive my second packet of info which tells me where my orientation will be held in the U.S. (keep your fingers crossed for San Francisco), it'll include a packing list, as well as how to arrange my flight.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Invitation to Nicaragua

I decided to start this blog so that you all can share in the adventure that will be my life for the next 27 months. I finally have been invited to be a PCV in Latin America, more specifically Nicaragua. As most of you already knew, this was my dream location when I first applied way back in November. Now, if I can just get to live in my hut my dream will be complete! : ) Tomorrow, I will be sending in my signed invitation which makes it official. More updates coming soon!