After three months of being an Aspirante, a hopeful, a trainee, I am now officially a Peace Corps Colombia Volunteer.
Over the last week, I and my fellow volunteers celebrated with the people in our respective towns who helped us immensely during training.
In our practicum classes, our students threw us parties. They brought food, soda, and decorations. They gave us posters and gifts. We took pictures, of course.
On top of that, our counterparts in this school (the English teachers) took us out for a wonderful lunch!
At one of our host mom’s houses, we held a thank you party for our wonderful host families. We did it like a traditional Colombian party (which is exhausting as a host!) and served round after round of snack and food to our guests to the noise of loud vallenato and some awkward silence. Then we took pictures by the background I had made, a representation of the Colombian and American flags, and shut it down with cake. Our Spanish teacher also attended, as our classes had been held in our houses throughout Pre-Service Training.
I feel so lucky to have had the pleasure to work with such wonderful people in the schools and in the community here in my training municipio, and beyond lucky to have lived with the three women I shared a home with here.