August – November 2014
Peace Corps required us to complete 3 months of Pre-Service Training (PST) before officially swearing in as Peace Corps Volunteers. PST was an intensive, in-country training that focused on language competency, technical skills, and cultural knowledge for our first 12 weeks in Nicaragua.
Each country runs it’s PST a little differently and in Nicaragua trainees live with host families in small communities. Even though we are a couple, during this time we lived apart with separate host families to help our language acquisition. Here are a few of our reflections from those 3 unforgettable months:
- 2 Piñatas + 6 Games of Ping-Pong + 8 Meals = Un Buen Día – Andrew’s first day with his host family.
- Risking Something New – Emily’s reflections on learning a second language.
- Holy Crap it’s already September!! – The weeks just fly by when you’re super busy with PST activities like the ones Andrew writes about in this post.
- Scratching the Surface – Andrew shares about the best 20 cents he’s every saved.
- Perfectionists, Beware the Peace Corps – seriously, it might break you.
- Readiness to Serve: A Peace Corps Essay – one of our official tasks to prove we were indeed ready to be volunteers was to answer various questions in the form of a formal essay. Emily wrapped a few stories into hers, too.