We’ve Touched Down… Hello Mongolia

If you talk to me and half of my cohort you’ll probably hear. ” I can’t believe I am in Mongolia.”

Yes. Yes. We are. Here is proof.

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For some of us it has been nearly a year since we put in our applications and the waiting game began. We are finally here M28s!
There are A LOT of acronyms in PC (there’s one) but my group of M28s are now trainees, soon to be the 28th generation of volunteers to serve in Mongolia since 1991.
This is all exciting stuff. I am trying to wrap my head around all of it if you can imagine.

Something about being a representative of the United States has both intimidated me and excited me since training began.

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It’s been a long time coming M28s. 61 of us from all over the U.S.

The last few days has been a whirlwind of assimilation into what is “Peace Corps” and our role here in Mongolia. Beginning May 29th we became Peace Corps Trainees. Soon to begin a rigorous 3 month training known as PST (Pre-Service Training)
This is when it gets. real.
Also known as the boot camp of Peace Corps. Or that’s what they call it. Not to make it sound intimidating but it really is the time for language and technical training to prepare for 2 years of service. A lot to learn in very little time.

Four days in. It has been an emotional experience. Feelings of excitement. joy. intimidation. fear.
But mostly pure appreciation for this experience ahead. I’m in Mongolia. Surrounded by my best friend and an incredible group of 60 passionate people.

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We are ready. Fitting in with our Mongolian smolder.

Photo Credit: Jacqueline Journeay; Annie Sherman

“Farewell Tour” #easttowest roadtrip

One car. One husband. 53 Days. 3,793 miles. 12 states.

Beginning: Georgia TN->KY->IL->MO->KS->CO->WY->ID->UT-AZ End:California

This road trip has come to end as we prepare to enter the Peace Corps. Words cannot express how fulfilling this trip has been. A complete 2 months full of positive vibes. Definitely needed and greatly accepted.

There is something refreshing about seeing the “amber waves of grain and mountain majesties” of my backyard. The icing on top of a great trip was being able to visit family and friends.

It was on this trip that I came to appreciate how my travels and education has allowed me to meet so many remarkable people. I call many of you true friends. It was great to visit many in their elements and be a tourist in their city. From Phoenix, to L.A, to Salt Lake City and through San Francisco I was able to see these cities through a local’s eyes. No better way.

Thankful for the support of our families and positive vibes for the adventure ahead.

Thank you to those that made this trip an unforgettable experience.