Four more months! It’s been interesting to look back over my blog posts and see what an emotional yo-yo the past twenty-three months have been. Twenty-three months! There were days where it seemed like the end would never come, but it is… and very rapidly.
I heard a rumor that G8 (my group) will be selecting our COS dates–the date we become Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and leave our host country–sometime in the next month before our COS (Close of Service) conference in September. Hopefully that means I’ll know soon when I’m officially leaving Ethiopia!
COS Conference is in a little over a month and I am tremendously excited for it. Although most Peace Corps trainings and conference have been focused on preparing us for the work ahead, this one focuses on the work behind… how to talk about a Peace Corps service on your resume, what’s next, how to reintegrate in America. It will be the last time the 42 G8ers who remain get to see each other, as a group, in person. We’ll lose several people immediately following the conference and over the following 3 months people will trickle out depending on their COS dates.
Another month, another vacation! Ryan and I are off to meet my parents in Morocco. Are we crazy for visiting Morocco in August? Maybe. But I’m sure it will be an adventure anyway. Ryan, our friend Sarah and I have a long layover in Dubai and are, fingers crossed, going to visit the Burj Khalifa on our way to Casablanca. The Burj Khalifa hasn’t exactly been on my bucket list, but how does one pass up visiting the tallest building in the world?
It will be my last vacation and I will remain in Bahir Dar and working for my final three-ish months after COS Conference. It will give me a good chance to wrap up have a sense of closure here in Bahir Dar and, hopefully, in Ethiopia.
By this time next month, I’ll be in the midst of the first Amhara Camp GROW! GROW stands for “Growing and Renewing Our World” and is the third year an environment-focused camp has been done in Ethiopia. We have a strong community partner who has been with us every step of the way and I am really excited to see what happens. More updates after camp!