Saturday, May 3, 2008
Cooling off in Kombo
We just finished our IST (In Service Training), which meant gathering here in Kombo for a week with my the other members of my group for additional training, information sharing, and collaboration on projects. It was great to see everyone again, even though the week was packed with activities and seemed to go by very quickly. A new development in my role here: I've been chosen to help lead the training of the new group of education volunteers who are scheduled to come here in July. I think back to what I was doing this time last year, and I know what these new volunteers are going through right now. It's a difficult and exciting time. I also remember how I felt when I first arrived here almost a year ago now. We were all working on adapting to new languages, cultural practices, food, and climate. In addition, the training schedule was exhausting. All of these things together made life pretty overwhelming, so I was grateful for the advice and guidance I recieved from the volunteers who helped lead some of our training sessions. This is why I am excited to meet the new group and, hopefully, be as helpful to them as some of the volunteers were to me. Along with this new job comes several additional responsibilities... one of which I'm working on this weekend with Blair and Doug, who were also chosen for the same thing. This means I am delaying my trip back to Fatoto for a few more days. While I'm happy to be out of the heat for a while, I'm anxious to get back to my classroom and continue teaching. Hopefully, we can finish this work by Tuesday, and I can be back to school on Wednesday. After this week, I'm motivated and excited to try some new ideas and work on some additional projects that I have plans for... I think the next few months are going to fly by.