Today I am in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, celebrating the holiday at the Peace Corps Office with my training class and some of the staff and current volunteers. On the menu: chicken (turkey is very expensive here), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie – Plus mac & cheese to make us feel even more at home!
Since arriving last week, we have been staying about an hour north of Kampala, at an organic food research and education center called Kulika. We are served meals made from ingredients sourced solely from the farm and have been well taken care of by our wonderful and hilarious trainers.
Our days are filled with sessions ranging from security briefings, to Ebola crash courses, to demonstrations on how to cook on a charcoal stove. Staying at Kulika for the first ten days is a good transition period: we’ve had to get used to bucket baths, handwashing clothes, mosquito nets, and malaria meds, but aren’t yet responsible for collecting and treating water or making meals. However nice Ugandan “resort-life” has been, I think I’m ready to get out of this bubble and start getting my hands dirty.
From here, we will go to school-based teacher training for 3 weeks, and then to our host family sites for intensive language training for another 3 weeks. The plan is to be sworn in as an official Peace Corps Volunteer on January 17, 2013 (Happy early birthday, Seanie!!).
Wish me luck!
If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.