Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane

It is official. We have our flight schedule for South Africa. We leave for Philadelphia on July 17th for our pre-service orientation. Then on the 19th we fly to Frankfurt; we have a 12 hour layover there, then it is off to Johannesburg.
We recieved some information on our pre-service training (PST) as well. We will be in a village about an hour outside of Pretoria. Also, we were given some .mp3's with 23 language lessons in Setswana. They want us to have the first four lessons mastered by the time we get to SA, because we will be living in a Setswana speaking village with our host family for our training. However, this might not be the language we end up speaking while we are there. We will have our actual language training during our PST. Setswana is just one of the 14 official languages of SA; so who knows what language we will end up learning.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Big news, finally!

Hi, friends and family! We're thrilled to finally be able to let you know we've accepted an invitation to serve as volunteers in the Peace Corps! We leave on July 16th for orientation, probably in Philadelphia, and then it's off to South Africa (SA) on July 19th. After two months of training, we will be placed in a community in SA to work on a project called NGO Capacity Building/HIV-AIDS Integration. We will be working with nongovernmental organizations already in SA to integrate HIV-AIDS awareness and education into their current programming. We're thrilled! (Can you believe it's been almost two years since we first submitted our applications?!) We have a lot to do in the next 6 weeks in preparation--quit our jobs, move out of our apartment, pack, and complete lots of paper work. We'll keep you posted on what's going on. If you're interested, the Peace Corps website has some good resources for family and friends of volunteers. Just go to www.peacecorps.gov and click on Resources for Family and Friends. There is even a special section for kids.
With love,
Brooke and Jed