I survived the last week of training (I thought the last minute tests and final information sessions would neeeeeverrrr eeeeend). They often say that Peace Corps is “the toughest job you’ll ever love” and at the beginning of training the Country Director remarked that if that were true then training very well could be “the longest interview for the toughest job you’ll ever love”. She wasn’t lying.
But, I made it and swore in on Friday as an official Peace Corps Volunteer.
The US Ambassador to Guatemala was kind enough to host the ceremony at his home and we basked in the glory of his gardens (with pool AND tennis courts), gorged ourselves on free sandwiches and brownies and marveled at toilets you could flush the paper in. After I went back to my training site to have a last lunch with my host family and then headed to Antigua to meet up with everyone to celebrate our newfound volunteer status. There was pizza, superlatives, dancing and a few bebidas to be had and all too soon it was Saturday morning and we had to finally say goodbye to our little training family and head out to site.
And now the real fun begins.