No one likes to move. The last time we moved, it involved loading a Budget Moving Truck and driving across North Dakota and Eastern Montana in sub-zero January temperatures. Fast forward three months, increase the temperature by 120 degrees and substitute the Budget Truck with a coach bus full of Malians and our belongings strapped on top. At least that is what we think lies ahead for our move next week. Other than the logistical challenges, this is one move that we can get excited about as it means that we are moving forward into service in our communities.
As our training days come to an end we will soon become official volunteers and make the move to our permanent site. During our first three months at site we will have very limited access to our regional capitol/internet. We hope to write plenty of letters.
Our custom made Malian outfits fit like a charm (though things here don't exactly fit like a glove as clothes are worn quite loosely here) We will do our best to post photos from our upcoming swearing in ceremony before we ship off to site.
All plans here are subject to change...as it stands now-
April 12 - Official Volunteer Swearing In Ceremony
April 13 - Travel from Bamako to Segou, our regional capitol
April 15 - Travel to permanent site from Segou (this is where the coach bus with our belongings strapped on top comes into play)
April 15 through mid June - learning the language and getting to know our communities. During this time we will only come to the regional capitol for two nights to take care of banking, post office, internet etc
Last 2 weeks of June - Volunteer training in Bamako
July 2012 onward - continued integration with host communities and work begins on offical projects
Many unknowns lie ahead, but we are looking forward to the next step in this experience. Keep us posted on life in the US - in our minds USA time was frozen in late January but apparently spring has sprung for some of you. Palm Sunday and Easter are on the way. Baseball and Golf seasons? Anyone wearing shorts on the first 45 degree day? Tulips?