The End of Training
Incidentally, secret slacker code is similar to Guyanese Creole in many respects. The only difference is that many of the words are slurred to the point of undeciferability. For example, the Guyanese phrase "ee kumin' by we jus' now" translates to "he's coming over in two weeks or maybe never" in English. Sweet.
Anyways I've been kinda busy lately. Training is over, and I swore in officially as a volunteer last Friday. We had a big swearing-in ceremony in Georgetown that took up a few hours. There were a few speeches of varying dullness and then everyone in our group swore to 'uphold the United States Constitution', whatever that means. I take my ceremonies very seriously. After that we had a swearing-in party with any other volunteers in the area that felt like coming and with our host families. When I turned on the TV the next day I noticed that the entire ceremony was being broadcasted on the Guyana TV news station. Apparently the US and Canadian ambassadors attended. Huh.
The last two weeks of training went by quickly but were a little stressful. The week before last was teaching practice week, where we practiced teaching on unsuspecting Uivtlugt students. We were split up into groups of two and each given a class of about ten real live students who were lured by the promise of free snacks. Honestly I have to say that teaching these classes was a big challenge for me. I think the problem was the subject matter we were asked to teach: life skills. Our first lesson was about role models. Hooray. Anyways I survived. I'm glad I signed up for teaching science and math in the long run and none of this sillyness.
Right now, I'm chilling in the goofily-titled town of Adventure on the Essequibo coast. Adventure is a village a few miles down the road from Golden Fleece and Zorg, but I'll only be living here for about the next six weeks. In Guyana, the Peace Corps puts all the volunteers that they can in secondary host families for a short while once they go to their sites. I guess the idea is that it'll help us get tight with the community a little faster. So now I'm living with another host family, and this one has two boys ages 9 and 11. They're cool. In a couple weeks I hope to get some pictures going on this blog so you guys can see what all the places and people I'm bumping into look like.
So that's about where I am right now. I'm now an official volunteer, at my site, living with a new family, and pretending to be working. Since I'm a teacher though and school's out my workload isn't very exhausting just yet. School starts late in August and until then my job description is going to be something along the lines of "read books in a hammock and get ready to do stuff." After the last two months of running around though, that's just fine with me.