I’m moving this blog to brianherbert.com. This blog will go away sometime soon.
I figure that now is as good a time as any to start collecting addresses. If you would like for me to write you while I’m in Kenya, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your snail-mail address. Keep in mind that I’ll be gone for 27 months so a good, solid address that won’t change would be preferable. I plan on getting a moleskine address book for all of your addresses.
I had some more work done yesterday at my dentist which completes everything I need for dental clearance. I just need to pick up one letter and then I should be good to send my dental information back to the Peace Corps.
It looks like I'm going to be spending about 4 hours a week working on my Kiswahili before I leave in September. It's not a requirement for PCVs to know the language before training but I feel like I could use a little boost to get me started. I contacted Catholic Charities looking for someone who could speak the language natively which was an idea my Los Monitos Spanish teacher had. It took about a week but I got a call today from someone willing to help me out! We are going to be meeting Monday and Friday mornings from now until September (I hope!).
I went to Kinko's with my mom this afternoon to have passport pictures made and to send off my government passport and Kenya visa applications. I looked like a convict in my photos so I hope Kenya lets me in the country. I will have two passports, one for official government travel and the other personal one for vacations.
Exciting post, I know.
I just sent an aspiration statement and an updated resume to the host country staff in Kenya. The aspiration statement covers my "professional attributes" and skills, my strategies for working effectively and adapting culturally, what skills I wish to take from pre-service training and finally, what I think I will take away from my service in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer. It was a tough statement to write since this is my introduction to the staff in Kenya. Molding a first impression is difficult! Updating my resume wasn't hard. All I had to do was put it in a standard format and add a few extra bits of information.