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!
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.