Today marks one week since GUY31 volunteers left the resort and moved in with all different host families along the Essequibo Coast in Pomeroon-Supenaam, aka Region 2. We arrived at a local library, which is going to be our training center for the next 2 months and each got a slip of paper with our host family’s names and had to find them at the meet-and-greet, which was so cute! I immediately fell in love with my host fam – my host parents were very welcoming, and two of their seven grandchildren live in their house also, which is great because I love having kids around. I spent last weekend getting to know them, and I went to a 7am church service with them (apparently that’s pretty standard here) because my host sister was singing for the Father’s Day program they had going on. It was a nice and relaxing weekend before the start of training.
On Monday we started training at a local library. Depending on how far you live from the library, you can either walk, or take a minibus/taxi. I live in one of the farthest towns, about a 25 minute drive from the library, but one of the other volunteer’s host dad is a taxi driver and he has offered to drive a few of us who live near each other every morning. I’ve been waking up (in a pool of my own sweat lol) around 5:30am (everyone in my household is usually up by 4:30-5), do some yoga, then my morning routine (which includes a bucket bath), eat breakfast, and then get picked up for class at 7:30 am. Our training this week was a lot of informational/policy stuff, medical/how to stay healthy during service training, and of course language and culture classes. This week we also got our second rabies vaccine (yay!) and opened up our bank accounts. We have class until 12 and then we break for lunch (we bring lunch frome home) and then back to class until around 3:30-4. After class either a taxi ride home, or hang out with other volunteers for a bit exploring the markets and such. Maybe next week I’ll explore the gym across the street which is apparently free for Peace Corps volunteers, since it was started by one? It gets dark at around 6:30 here so we have to be home by then, to help and learn to cook guyanese foods for dinner (we get tested)! One of the days after school, my host sister took me and some of the other volunteers out to this beautiful lake about a 40 minute walk from our house. That walk was totally worth it.
Can’t wait see what next week has in store!