I can't wait for my next two years in Africa! I have no doubts that it will be an amazing and stretching experience. Beyond that, though, I'm not really sure what to expect. But, I guess this is also about teaching myself how to be flexible and patient in the face of uncertainty. Lord knows that what I took out of the application process!
As for the crazy person part of this post...
I remember thinking while working in the international office how thick the students' files were. It takes a lot of paperwork to get out of the country. Just explaining the application process to the perspective international students made me tired. And, that was just paperwork that went through our office, not even personal life things like packing or saying goodbye to friends. Now, I am experiencing first hand what the students had to go through. Between applying for a passport, packing, shopping, moving all my stuff to my parents house, and doing my Setswana lessons, I don't know that I'll have much time to worry about actually living in Botswana. I think it will just be a relief to board the plane.
So, instead of thinking about things I am nervous about (learning the language, wearing a skirt everyday...ect.) I have decided to make a list of things I am excited about:
- My new Peace Corps friends
- My new Batswana friends
- Learning a new language (it's on both lists)
- My new job- I get to fight AIDS
- Meeting my host family
- Learning to cook new foods
- Learning about a new culture
- All the African sunshine I'm going to get walking around