On Wednesday we swore in as newly minted Peace Corps Volunteers. This means we survived PreService Training- no easy feat but it’s done. We also took the same oath as the President so we are primed and ready to defend the US Constitution from all enemies, domestic and foreign. We both passed the language proficiency interview which means Gary can greet people properly and Teresa can ask where the bathroom is. Luckily English (or a form of it) is widely spoken as long as you can remember the weird ways the British refer to things such as pegs instead of clothes pins and flapjacks instead of pancakes.
Yesterday we moved into our two year house and pictures should get loaded now that we have Internet access from home. We are limited to 20 gb per month but if we don’t stream movies I think we’ll be ok. We spent today in Gaborone searching for the largest storage containers we could find in order to store water when it comes on- usually once a week or, if we’re lucky twice for about 3-4 hours. We currently can store about 250 liters which is what we figure is half what we need for a week. Getting the 110 liter barrel back on a combi was interesting- it, loaded with pots,pans, and other sundries as well as the fan all had their own seat- costs us P3.50 (about $.35 US) but it was worth it. Also what it costs us to go to Gaborone. If you read or saw the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency- it was very realistic regarding the portrayal of combis. Think of a VW van outfitted so it can seat about 15 plus the driver- personal space does not exist but people are very nice! If water doesn’t come on, we can get water from my Center (across the street but they are running very low to) and Gary’s work which is about .5K- doesn’t seem like much until you are carrying 5 liter containers of water and 10 liter buckets! Will take a picture next time.
Our house has a lovely view and is a perfect size for us. Only one bedroom but very big- has two double beds in it so we can have company, spacious living room and a dining room table, kitchen and bathroom. No pit latrine which is actually too bad given the water situation- never thought I would say that! It is great to be cooking and living on our own. Three months in someone else’s house is a long time. The pictures were actually taken during our site visit but we couldn’t get them loaded so the person you see is the previous volunteer and there is a picture of Gary helping to defeather a chicken.
On Monday we officially start work although the first 3 months are what is called Community Integration where we are supposed to get to know as much about our community as we can as well as get known in the community to build trust.
We may not have wild animals in our village but I still get a kick out of the free wandering goats- we left our front gate open and we had visitors and chickens- the neighbor’s chicken had about 15 chicks and they seem to prefer our yard which is fine with us.