Today is our last day in our training towns. We leave from Masatepe at 5am tomorrow morning to head to Managua for one day of classes at the PC office, one day at the US Embassy, and then our Swearing In Ceremony on Friday. We are so excited for the next chapter of our Peace Corps service, but saying goodbye to the host families that have supported us during these first three months is sad. We are so thankful for their patience, generosity, delicious cooking, Nica slang lessons, and for accepting us in as their family.
Yesterday, my host mother, who I refer to as “Mamá Juana,” said to me that she was sad because her “white son” was leaving. My aunt told me that I needed to try and convince Peace Corps to make an emergency site change so that Emily and I can stay here. They’ve all invited me to come back for two birthdays in November, coffee harvest at the family finca in December, Christmas and New Years. I’ve told them that with our responsibilities in sight we can’t take time off often, especially in the first three months, but their invitations and insistence are incredibly heartwarming.
In the down time that is the first few months in site Emily and I are looking forward to reflecting over our time in our training towns. I’m sure we’ll think about the lessons we’ve learned from our host families and training towns, and the thankfulness that we feel today will be magnified as we realize all the ways they’ve help prepare us for the journey ahead.