Monday, May 25, 2009


We made it through our first week of training! For the past week we've been holed up at a training facility about 45 minutes outside of the capital. The running joke has been that we're at summer camp. There are showers, three meals a day, and plenty of activities that keep us all busy (and tired). Not so bad if you ask me. ;-) The language training has been relatively successful...I can sort of greet people, and maybe introduce myself. ;-)

Tomorrow we're leaving for our first trip into the interior. Each of the new volunteers will be staying with a current volunteer at a site close to his/her future site. I'm very anxious to start getting out to see the country a little more. After we get back we'll begin our community based training and will be staying with a host family. For this next step, I'm extremely curious and excited!! This might be the most intimidating part for me; to go into a home, without speaking the language, and begin to live with them. I hope to do as much with them as they'll let me, which I've been told, will involve a fair amount of gardening! I've wanted to learn more about gardening for awhile now so I'll hopefully be an eager learner.

All the best, stay in touch! Waka bun! (Travel well)



Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Hey Everyone!

Today is my last day in Bellingham with my family before heading down to Miami for staging. Tomorrow morning I'll fly to Miami to meet the rest of the group leaving for Suriname, fill out final paper work, and get some final vaccinations. On Saturday the whole group will fly to Suriname together! The last year has flown by and it's hard for me to believe that it's finally here. So excited (and nervous)! :)

I'm hoping that I'll be able to stay connected with everyone by posting updates here. I'm not entirely sure what my internet connections will be like, so if you don't hear from me for awhile check here first. I want to share this experience with everyone, but I'm also hoping to get updates from all of you as well. Keep me posted on how everything is going, and I look forward to staying touch!