Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Return to Innocence

There’s nothing quite like the experience of going through Pre-Service Training, the eight-week stretch of intensive culture and language education that precedes a volunteer’s two years of service in The Gambia. It’s like a return to childhood, in many ways: you are given a name, you’re looked after under the watchful eye of your (host) parents, you learn to speak, eat, and use the bathroom, and most if not all decisions about your life are made by people other than you.

That being said, the memories you make with the people around you and the growth you experience as a human being by the time you’re sworn in as a full-fledged Peace Corps Volunteer make the process of awkward integration a bit more rewarding. As today’s video will show, the journey is as colorful and exhilarating as the final destination.

Music credit: Vagabond by Wolfmother

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