So it's official...I am leaving for Suriname on May 15th as a business advisor for the Peace Corps! It's really fascinating how this all worked out. Upon consideration of the Peace Corps I honestly ideally imagined myself working in Guyana (Suriname's neighboring country) in the business field. Since I was young I have always wanted to visit the Amazon, that is where that crazy idea came from.
After some research I realized that you need to speak Spanish in order to serve in a Spanish-speaking country, and as a result I disqualified this region of the world from my hopes and expectations. After the interview with the Peace Corps recruiter I waited anxiously for a week awaiting my nomination which tells you the region, your assignment, and the estimated date of departure - I received the news on my 24th birthday - mine was as follows:
Central / South America - Business Advising - Late May 2009
Upon being offered this nomination, I also had the choice to serve in Eastern Europe instead...of course I chose Central / South America. Definitely the best news you could hear on your birthday! What are the chances? So here I am about a year later, getting all ready to live in the rain forest for a couple of years, speaking Dutch and the local language of Sranan Tongo, living with people extremely different (culturally) than myself...and honestly I cannot wait!
So I will continue to maintain this blog throughout my Peace Corps service for all who are interested in finding out about life in the jungle...peace and much love!