Peace Corps is fast approaching. I've just learned that I leave for Benin a few days earlier than I expected. Between now and then I'll spend time in the Adirondacks and West Virginia, never more than a week in one place. I'm glad I started packing for Peace Corps before coming to Green String! All the current volunteers say not to stress too much about packing. After all, people do live in Benin and they can find anything they need there. Instead, I should enjoy every moment of my time before departure - which I plan to do.
I got an exciting e-mail from Peace Corps Benin recently. This year, they've decided to allow trainees with a good command of French to start learning Fon, a language spoken widely in southern Benin, right at the beginning of training instead of taking more French classes. Usually, local language classes would not begin until later in training. I have a phone interview at the end of this month to see if my French is good enough! Learning a local language or languages is one of the things that I am most excited about - I love languages. We'll see how the phone interview goes, but I'm thrilled that I may have the opportunity to start learning Fon right away when we get there. I also have to fill out a questionnaire to help place me with my host family, and I need to go to a bike shop to get measured for the Peace Corps-issued mountain bike which I will receive in country. Lots to do!