What can I say. These have been simultaneously the quickest and longest two years of my life. It feels like just yesterday I was silently staring out the bus window into the capital’s darkness as we were shuttled from the Conakry airport to the Peace Corps compound. On the other hand I’ve had so many life-altering experiences that it feels like I’ve grown more these past two years than the 23 before coming to Guinea.
In my life I never thought I would end up working in Africa, let alone a country I had to Google in order to identify its place on a map. I never thought I’d learn French, let alone lead professional trainings to youth leaders and professors in it. I never thought I’d work with such talented and strong spirited colleagues, let alone consider them a second family, legitimately a home away from home.
This crazy adventure has been almost overwhelming to think about. How do you reflect and dissect something like this? Such a twisted knot of experiences - tying and overturning my ideologies, beliefs and life-goals. But although I may not understand the meaning of all of this right now, I do know that I would never give any of this up.
To those who are interested in joining PC, all I have to say is that it is not for everyone. It’s a trying journey that gets harder before it gets better. But if you are realistic about what you will accomplish and flexible enough to just go with it for a little while, you’ll last long enough into your service to realize how this is a once in a lifetime experience.
Before coming home though, I’ll be going on a crazy-awesome road trip! We’ve just purchased a gray ’98 Peuteot 806 mini-van (as well as insurance, license, plates, registration, lassez-passer), the Grey Goose, and we will be driving it across West Africa (see below) for the next 6 weeks.
The seven of us are excited to have this opportunity and travel through these six countries. We’re sure it’s going to be another trip to remember. You can keep tabs on our adventure at greygoosegaggle.blogspot.com. Wish us luck and I’ll see you guys soon!