I’m in Colombia!
With all these awesome people. CII-6 and staff members came to meet us at the airport. They cheered as we came out the door. What an amazing way to enter the country!
But I get ahead of myself. Finally packed, I headed to the airport and managed to get myself through security and to Miami. I met up with some other trainees and we got a shuttle to the hotel. After checking in and quickly eating staging began! This was the first time all 29 CII-8 Peace Corps trainees were together. Staging is all about introductions. To each other and to Peace Corps. What a great group. There was paperwork and even a pre/post survey with a fun finish screen. However, our trainer Steve told me I had to get through Pre-Service Training first…bummer.
After staging we went to dinner and prepped for the next morning. We had to be out of the rooms at 6am for our 11am flight. Turns out checking in 29 people for an international flight takes some time. They even gave us our own line! This is what a line of PCTs (Peace Corps Trainees) look like:
We all eventually made it to the gate with a couple of hours to eat and talk to family and friends while still in the U.S. And then we were off!
Circle back up to the original picture. We got a large bus with really intense air conditioning which brought us to the hotel. Since then we’ve had a few days of meetings, talking about Colombia, Peace Corps history, safety and security, medical, and more. It has been great getting time with the whole group and the CII-6 members who have hung out and shared their own stories, tips, and advice.
Tomorrow we head to our host family sites. Our group is splitting into small language groups and we will be training together in pueblos, then meeting with the large group two days a week. Access to internet is not ensured in the pueblos but I’ll try to be in touch at least a little during PST.
Hasta pronto amigos!