Week 13 thoughts

We’ve entered our final week of training. We’ve been in Nicaragua for three months, and it’s honestly a little difficult to picture what my life was like before this. It’s also still pretty difficult to imagine what my life will be like this time next week, when I’m living in my permanent site away from my friends.

Honestly, it took almost no time at all for these people to feel like my family. I feel so supported by other volunteers and by Peace Corps staff, and I know I’ll continue to have their support even after I move to Matagalpa. It will just be different. It will be an adjustment.

Adrian won’t be able to walk me home and talk Harry Potter. I won’t be able to look over at Amanda and feel like I’m reading her mind. Maddie won’t be there to laugh every time I tell a story and use ridiculous voices. Caley and I won’t be able to retell the story of how we met in the airport shuttle in Houston.

We won’t be able to walk down the carretera and get pancakes and calala from the nicest woman in town.

We won’t be able to meet up with other friends in Catarina for batidos and a walk to the mirador.

On Friday, we gave our readiness to serve presentations, and it made me a little emotional. Everyone’s presentations were so different and so wonderful and it forced me to reflect on the last 12 weeks. (I’ll try to post our video sometime soon. It’s in Spanish but I think you’ll enjoy it.)

We’re already planning on times when we can see each other (friendsgiving? Movie night? Dinner? Definitely New Year’s.)

I can’t anticipate what will happen in the next two years, or even in the next two weeks, but I feel ready to face the inevitable challenges. I know I have a wonderful support system to help me along when things get tough (both here and at home.)

Thank you all for your love and support. For laughing at my bad jokes and telling me funny stories when I need to laugh. For sharing desserts and movies and music. For texting me football updates. For understanding that the wifi is unreliable and our phone conversations may be few and far between. Thank you for everything.

We swear in on Thursday and move to our new sites on Friday. Lots of exciting and terrifying changes coming my way!

3 thoughts on “Week 13 thoughts

  1. Michael November 7, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Very good, Jade. One more transition to settle into and hopefully it will also be enjoyable.

    Do me a favor and tell Adrain thanks for being with you with the walks home; very thoughtful and caring of him.

    Also, express my thanks to the host family for working with you on your Spanish and seeing to your needs at their house during your stay. Even though it may have been awkward for you and them, they seem to have treated you with respect.

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    • Jade November 7, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      My host family was incredible. I always felt safe in my town, but my host dad insisted on walking with me to meet up with my friends on days when I had to leave the house before the sun came up. And on days when I traveled long distances (like during practicum week and site visit), one of my host parents would call and make sure I arrived safely.


  2. Anna November 7, 2016 / 8:30 am

    This made ME emotional just thinking about YOU being emotional. Change is uncomfortable and the unknown is scary, but something tells me you’re going to make new friends and traditions in Matagulpa, and I can’t wait to hear about it. I LOVE YOU! I miss you. The usual. xoxoxo


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