Last Days of CBT

I have learned soooo much over the last 10 weeks, including proper Moroccan tea etiquette.

I have learned soooo much over the last 10 weeks, including proper Moroccan tea etiquette.

Today marks the start of our last week of community based training—only six days until we move away from the town we have called home for the past 2½ months.  I find my attachment to our current home falling away bit by bit.  While I have really enjoyed being in this community, today I do not feel a sense of sadness when I think about leaving.  Instead I am growing more and more eager to end this part of my Peace Corps service and move onto the next chapter.

Morning glow.

I will miss all the locals, including the donkeys.

Thomas and I were in Meknes over the weekend for the last HUB training with other people from our Staj.  The highlight of the weekend was getting to watch two PC staff demonstrate how a Language Proficiency Interview (LPI) is conducted.  Next Sunday all the trainees will take part in this interview process to be rated on how well we can speak Darija.  The mock LPI was presented in English and was meant to show how a ‘high novice’ language speaker would talk.  Here’s a sample of the interview:

Tester: “Hi, my name is John.  What’s your name?”

Testee: “My name is Bill.”

John: “How are you, Bill?”

Bill: “Good.”

John: “What do you like about Morocco?”

Bill: “I like people.  Food.  Food is good.  I like Morocco.”

John: “Tell me about your family.”

Bill: “Two kids.  Boy big.  Girl small.  Wife nice.  Her name is Jane.  Good family.”

John: “Where have you travelled in Morocco?”

Bill: “Travel.  Hmm.  Travel.  Meknes.  Rabat.  Fez.  Fez beautiful.  People nice.”

And so on.  According to PC staff, we should all be able to speak at this level or better by now, and I am pretty sure I can achieve this–hooray!

Another highlight of the weekend was connecting with another couple, Kika and Cameron, who are also from Washington.  While I had seen them several times at other HUBs, we had never had the chance to talk.  Turns out Kika grew up in Bellingham!  After a few minutes of playing the “Do you know so and so?” game, we were able to find some common people we knew!

Aziz makes the best egg tagine in town, hands down!

Aziz makes the best egg tagine in town, hands down!

The focus of training this last week is on preparing for the LPI and also taking time to say goodbye to all the people we have met and worked with in the community.  There is a party planned for our host families this Friday, and on Thursday we will have a chance to say goodbye to the young people who attended our activities at the Dar Chebab.  As well, we plan to visit our friend Rose on Tuesday, and have lunch at Aziz’s restaurant on Thursday.

On Saturday we head to Rabat (and hopefully I can repack my bags to fit all the stuff we have acquired during this training period!).  We will be in Rabat until April 2nd, and I hope to write another blog post sometime before our ‘swearing in’ ceremony on April 1st, in’shallah.  But, if I don’t manage to post again before we head south, I look forward to writing from our new site and sharing about the culture and happenings in this part of Morocco.



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