In making the decision whether or not to serve with the Peace Corps, it is mandatory that one research what to not expect in order to have a realistic idea of what to potentially expect. (Confusing I know)
Leaving your family, friends, careers, etc for two years is a major decision. Not only that, but with the Peace Corps you know that you could also potentially not have running water, internet, western toilet, or electricity. You also know that you may have to learn a language you’ve never studied or even heard of. With all of these unknowns, many people still decide to apply and accept the invitation. Once the invitation is accepted, one realized that you can’t fully prepare. We all have anxieties of what the service is going to throw at us.
The Staging Event in Philadelphia was enlightening and inspiring for me. I had anxieties about going to Morocco and was crazy enough to still get on the plane. Why? I wasn’t the only one with those anxieties. I’m not the only one making sacrifices to leave the US for 27 months. I’m not the only one that is so excited I can’t help but to smile at every person I walk past that’s in my training group. I’m not the only one who doesn’t know a lick of Arabic. I’m not the only who can’t remember the names of 103 other people who got on the plane with me.
We all bring something different to PC Morocco. However, we are all starting from square 1. I not only have my training group, but I’ve learned the various ways that the Peace Corps Staff can help emotionally, linguistically, medically, and any other -ically I can think of. Thank you, Staging staff for making it easier for me to get on Royal Air Maroc. I wasn’t the only one.