For lack of ability to describe these past few days, (or the ability to even remember what day it actually is) I’ll try to breifly update. Staging in Atlanta was fun and informative. Meeting all of the volunteers could not have been more exciting. All 69 of us have blended to form connections and despite a spread of assignments and locations to come, I have no doubt we’ll remain close. The flight itself proved an exhausting process, each of us lugging our 80 lbs from bus to airport to hotel, jet-lagged on minimal sleep. But we’ve arrived in the city and have completed our first day of training. We got an allowance of some local currency and a cell phone number. We also got started on our malaria meds.
After class, some of us ventured around the block and experienced the surface of our new country. It’s hard to really believe we’re in Africa, and this is where we will be for the next two years.
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