Five weeks from today, I leave for the adventure of a lifetime. 27 months in Madagascar. Part of me still doesn’t believe it. I will be living in another country on the other side of the world for 2 years and 3 months. That’s almost 7x the amount of time I spent during my semester in France. It’s half the amount of time I spent in college. It seems long, but it really won’t be. It’s a small amount of time when trying to improve communities. When telling people that I’m joining the Peace Corps, I get the same questions.
So, here are the answers to everyone’s same questions that I’ve been getting these past few months:
- Yes, I know 27 months is a long time to be away from family and friends, but it’s also a very short amount of time in the grand scheme of things.
- Madagascar is the large island located off the East Coast of Africa
- No, it will not be like the movie
- I’m not sure when will be the next time I come home
- Yes, the weather is warmer than that of Buffalo (no parkas needed!)
- I’m not sure if my family will come visit, we’ll see (ask them)
- No, I don’t know anyone else (yet) that is going
- Of course I’m scared/excited/nervous/thrilled/full of all sorts of emotions (why wouldn’t I be?)
- No, I don’t know where I’ll be living quite yet, I find out after my 3 months of training
- Yes, communication will be limited and the living and food situation will be completely different
The gist of all my responses to the questions people have for me is that: I love to travel and I love to help people. I want to immerse myself in another culture, learn a new language and experience another way of life. At the same time, I want to share with others what I know, teach English, and see the world.
I need to go. I need to see the world, meet new people, try new foods, and learn a new language. Read, dance, run, explore, share, listen, be.
So follow me as I explore the great island of Madagascar!