On another note, the Peace Corp bureaucracy continues! Not nearly as intense as it has been up until this point, but still more things to take care of. Shortly after accepting our invitation, Zack and I were sent "next steps" emails including instructions for each of us to:
- Send in an aspiration statement and updated/streamlined resume withing 10 days to be given to our host country staff
- Apply for a (government) passport
- Apply for a visa
- Review dental, medical and legal info for final clearance/qualification
- Read the entire Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook
The email also indicated that we would receive stating reporting instructions, luggage guidelines and information about safety and security via email approximately one month before departure. A few days after receiving the mail we received a package from Peace Corps in the mail that contained a large file with even more information and forms in it.
Our tentative plans for now include leaving Durango in mid-November. We are hoping to stay with some friends for a couple of weeks after moving out of our apartment at the end of October. That means a trip to Pueblo in order to move most of our belongings (which should be able to fit inside our astro van!). We will also be taking Clarabella (our sweet 4-year-old cat) with us so that she can move in with my brother and his wife in Denver. It's SO hard leaving the animals behind, but we are extremely grateful to have family willing to care for them in our absence. We'll be in Pueblo with Zack's family from mid-November until the 5th of December, at which point we will fly to Anchorage to spend a few weeks with my parents. We plan on spending the remaining time in Pueblo before flying to our staging location around January 11th. We'll see how everything actually ends up working out though. I feel like I am beginning to realize more and more how nothing is ever certain and plans can always change. One of the lessons Peace Corps is doing a great job of teaching me, even before having begun service! I'll probably post fairly rarely up until we actually begin our adventure in Thailand, but feel free to contact me in the meantime if you'd like to connect before Zack and I leave. Email or Facebook work really well for me, or even just a good old-fashioned phone call:)