Our CBT Group! Thia and Veronica are both going to do amazing things for their communities! And dear Taoufik goes home tomorrow–I will miss him so much!
Oh, what a wonderful day! This morning at 11:00am, Thomas and I, along with all the other trainees, recited the United States Oath of Allegiance and become real live Peace Corps volunteers! The US Ambassador to Morocco, Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, and the Secretary of Morocco’s Department of Youth and Sport, both attended the service. It was quite a lively event, with lots of hugs and congrats to one another. Looking around at my fellow volunteers and the amazing Peace Corps Morocco staff, I felt such deep gratitude for the support I have received from so many incredible people who are on this journey with us. I am quite (pleasantly) surprised by how deeply I care for so many people I only met in January!
Shawn and Ian have become quite good friends–I look forward to visiting them over the next two years as they will be living near the coast!
After the service Thomas and I went for lunch and talked about what an incredible experience it has been so far living in Morocco. We also acknowledged how tired we both feel today, as though all the pressures of the last 11 weeks have suddenly really ‘hit home’ for us. Tomorrow all of us leave Rabat for our new towns, and everyone I have talked to is in agreement that the coming weeks will be focused on finding our own homes and setting up living situations that afford us some privacy and autonomy.
Here are more photos from the event, with captions that hopefully inform you about who we have come to know and love here in Morocco so far.
Thomas and I with our LCF Taoufik and Mostapha, who may help teach us Tamazight, in’shallah!
With our dear friends, Esther and Lloyd. 50 years ago Lloyd almost joined PC to serve in Brazil, but then was unable to go. He has waited since then to serve and seeing him sworn in was truly a gift! Love these two!
The lovely Alexander, who was one of the ‘most advanced’ Darija speakers in our Staj. He gave a 5 minute speech at the ceremony–rocked it! Such a sweet soul!
Post swearing in picture with Ambassador Bush.
Thomas and I with our new Regional Manager, Lahcin. Best RM in Peace Corps!
The infamous Byron and Aztin–they are both incredibly smart and very funny. Love them!
Thomas and I with darling Jamie! She studied creative dance and has great plans to help incorporate various creative arts into youth centers.
The gorgeous Shawn and I–this lady is such a gem of a person!
Our CBT group with Ambassador Bush and Peace Corps Director Ellen Paquette
The fantastic Noa, who will be our site mate. She’s also somewhat of a soul sister to me!
Rosana has lived throughout the world and brings incredible skills and tenacity to her work!
Me and Anu, one of the PC doctors who I have grown to really appreciate! She is a gem of a physician!
The lovely Lisa, who is the other Volunteer Action Council Representative for our Staj. Some of the younger people in the Staj have taken to calling us the ‘Staj Mamas’. For the record we prefer ‘Staj Hot Mamas’.
Erin and Will were one of the first couples we met back in Philadelphia. Such dear, devoted people–I love these two!
With the super smart and savvy Emily. Emily is one of the most perceptive young women in our Staj, and she also speaks fluent Darija. I am eager to see her accomplish great things!
Thomas and I with the other ‘mature’ people in our Staj. I should note we are the least mature of the mature.
Toby and Alexis who I might dub the ‘red headed wonder’.. Both of them are fantastic individuals, and as a team they really shine.
With Moulay Said, one of the PST Supervisors. He also lives near where we are moving and has assured us he will visit often!
We did it!
The incredible, inspiring Alice, who at 86 years of age is the oldest volunteer serving in Peace Corps worldwide. And she is also a wonderful poet! I feel so fortunate to be her friend!
Oh, these girls are so fabulous! Jacqueline, Alexis and Amber will all be great volunteers! Feel lucky to call them friends.