Thursday, April 24, 2008

The first blog

In my mind blog is something you do after a bottle of wine, a French baguette, and some brie. Alas, it is time for me to join the ranks of the bloggers so that I can tell as many people that want to hear about my experiences in Cameroon. I thought I would start writing about my experiences from about 6 weeks from departure, because anticipation makes things 10 times sweeter.

I really went through the ringer when it comes to being invited to the corps. It turns out that I had a stop on my medical and I probably wasn't going to be able to go. However, about a month ago I finally explained the circumstances to my doctor and she wrote a notes to the corps explaining that I'm good to go. I then got told that I passed my medical and I would know in two weeks. Then I waiting for two weeks and called the corps and they told me it will be another two weeks and I explain that my lease is up and I will graduate in three weeks and I need to know what I'm doing with my life.

Then, about a half hour later I get a return call from a higher up in the corps and I hear that my folder has been processed and that I will be going to Cameroon to teach English and AIDS education. I'm primarily a Theatre Teacher so I am also focused on implementing some Theater for Social Change when I'm over there. Needless to say I am currently in the process of jamming as many French vocabulary words and grammar rules in my head as possible and I'm doing an insane amount of paperwork.

A week and a two days until I'm done student teaching.
Three weeks until I graduate
6 weeks until I leave for West Africa