The end of March is getting close, and I realized the other day what a busy and exciting month it’s been for us. We’ve spent the month simultaneously tying up loose ends and getting excited for some big adventures that await!
Peace Corps: On March 1, Alex and I officially applied for the Peace Corps! Living abroad has been a topic of conversation between us for probably the last 4 years or so. We never took it too seriously, always saying that we had to get married before we could really do it together anyways. Well…. now we’re married (yay!), and in the last few months we got some serious thinking and research done about our options for living and working abroad as a couple.
After researching a bunch of options, like ESL jobs abroad and international school jobs, we decided that Peace Corps would be the best fit for us. There are so many things to like about it: we get to live abroad and share our skills with a host community, we get to be immersed in another culture for 27 months, they take us as we are without requiring extra degrees or certificates, they place us both in jobs, they are a very reputable organization, they give us money at the end, we get health insurance while serving, we most likely won’t be placed in a giant city, we don’t have to pay to join, we’ll get to know the group of volunteers we serve with so we’ll leave with a network of American friends from all over the country, we’ll have a chance to work in the education field, we’ll learn another language…the list really does go on and on!
While this is quite an exciting potential plan for our future, it takes some extra time for the Peace Corps to place married couples. So, we happily committed to spending one more year in Fraser and put our earliest start date for the Peace Corps as June 2015. It’s a long, slow process, but we are so excited for the possibilities!
Plane tickets: Another thing that’s been our minds for the last couple of years is a trip to South America. With both of us working in schools now, this summer is the perfect chance to go exploring for an extended period of time. With the western part of the continent on our minds, we started researching South American countries. We both want to go to Chile and Argentina, but it’s winter there in June and July so that ended that. I just can’t look forward to going from 7 months of winter in Fraser to 2 months of winter somewhere else. So, that trip will have to be taken later! We also thought about Peru. But, we landed on Ecuador! From the moment we learned about how much this little country has to offer, we were set on it. After a long period of unhealthy addiction to kayak.com, we finally bought our plane tickets to Ecuador last Thursday. Woohoo!!!! We’ve been thinking about this country for so many months now, I don’t think it’s really even set in that we are actually going. Woohoo again!!! We leave June 9 and come back July 22. We would like to spend the first 2 weeks at Spanish school in Banos, but after that we are just free as can be to explore the jungles, mountains, beaches, and towns of this country.
Proof Copy: You may have seen my post earlier this month about wrapping up a mini-book project I’ve been working on for the last couple of years. Well, the cover is designed, the interior is formatted, and the pricing is set. I’m ordering my proof copy of In the Place of Many Zebras this week! After two years of hard work, I am so excited to see this project come to life. Even if it is less than 50 pages long 🙂 It feels like a very big loose end getting tied up! However, I know that even though the writing is done this project has so many more adventures in store for me. I’ll get to learn how to format it as an e-book and how to sell a self-published title. I’ll get to collaborate with the Network Beyond Foundation about how to manage the donations to be made from the book sales. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to discuss it with people and hear what they think about the book and about the issues that girls and women in Kenya are facing. And, I’ll get to send a copy over to the girls at the Olooloitikoshi Girl’s Rescue Center who are featured in the book!
I can’t wait to see what all of these things have in store for us. In times like this, it’s so easy to remember that life is an adventure and a journey, and that the world has a whole lot to teach us 🙂