Thursday, September 1, 2011

One Month In

I figured it would be a good idea to give you guys a good picture of what the average day is like for a Peace Corps Trainee. I had no idea that training would be so intense!

We wake up in the morning about 6:30ish, depending on the day. We get ready and say goodbye to our host family and head to the market on our bikes for breakfast. This is the only meal we don't eat with our host families.

At the market we choose what we want. We've slowly found more options, like a tuckaluck(basically a smoothie). We have also found something that resembles a doughnut, and a muffin. It's hard to find a reliable source of bread in our village, but those days we find it, it's awesome. We also found a noodle lady that is only 1,000 riel (.25 cents) and it's really good.

After breakfast we make our way to the school, we have to be there around 7:30 for langauge. We study Khmer for 4 hours. Yes, I said 4 hours. We have a practice test tomorrow morning for the test we must pass to show where our language skills are.

After langauge we head home to eat with our host families. Our yay(grandma) seriously makes really good food. The other volunteers are jealous because she makes french fries, but they're more like sweet potato fries, because their potatoes are a bit different.

After lunch we have about an hour to relax in the crazy heat before heading back out for technical training. So Hal heads to one house where he learns about CHE(Community Health Education) and what that involves, and I head to ETTT(English Teacher & Teacher Training) where I learn about what it takes to be an English teacher in Cambodia. We do this for about 4 hours.

Then we head home for hopefully another delicious meal. We try and spend time with our family without getting bitten too much by muu(mosquitos), but they like my legs so usually I head back up to the safe haven of our room after our yay's soap opera is over, and after we have finished dancing to Justin Bieber.

Funny note on Justin Bieber, I had never heard all of a Justin Bieber song in the US, and in the month that I've been here, I've heard multiple songs, and even seen some videos thanks to my host brother's sweet "new" computer, that doesn't have internet, so I'm not exactly sure how he has the videos, but they sure do love themselves some Bieber.

So although our days are long we have been having such a good time in Cambodia. Two people from our group went home this week. I'm so glad that I have been loving it here though.


Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Sounds like a great and growing experience. That lifestyle is fulfilling, but can be very trying too...I'm sure it will show you tons of things about yourself that need work..and that's always a positive thing!

Glad to read your update!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Wow! That does sound intense! Glad to hear from you and know that you're doing well!!! Did the people from your group just decide it wasn't for them?

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

That is AMAZING, what an experience!

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

haha! that's awesome that they love bieber :). i'm having fun catching up on all of your fun adventures so far! can't wait to read more!


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