It’s official! We’ve made it through our twelve-week Pre-Service Training program and are officially Peace Corps Volunteers!! Like we mentioned in our last post, Friday was the day of our Swearing In Ceremony. It was a wonderful, inspiring, and, at times, touching event as Peace Corps staff, a representative from the Nicaraguan government, U.S. Ambassador Phyllis Powers, and host families shared advice, encouragement, and affirmations with us.
Each of the groups in our cohort (TEFL and Environmental Education) selected one representative to speak at the host family ceremony and one to speak at the Swearing In Ceremony. I was selected to speak at the Swearing In Ceremony, so I prepared a 6 minute speech in Spanish thanking all of the people that supported us during PST. I started it off by imitating a few of the sounds that we hear throughout the day in Nicaragua, and made sure to fit in as many Nicaraguan dichos (sayings) in my conclusion. Thanks to the wonders of technology, here is the speech, with English subtitles!
Instead of rambling on about the ceremony, we thought the video and our pictures mostly speak for themselves.
However, we do want to give a GRACIAS GIGANTE to Miguel Lindhout, our Director of Programming and Training (or 2nd Banana as he calls it), for hosting the best Swearing In after party in the history of Peace Corps. He opened his house to over 60 people and served us course after course of delicious, homemade Mexican food. Then we burned it off while dancing like maniacs all over his living room. I mentioned to some fellow PCVs during the party “Why doesn’t everyone do Peace Corps?” Their reply to me was, “I don’t think every country has a Miguel.”
Somos Voluntarios de Cuerpo de Paz en Nicaragua. #seeyouin2