Dearest friends and family,
Welcome to our new blog. Within, we hope to regularly transmit tales of a 27-month journey in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho (pronounced lih-SOO-too). We can only imagine what awaits in a hemisphere catty corner to everything we’ve known, but on June 2, we’ll take a deep breath, double-knot our shoelaces, and probably study our packing list for the 205th (but hopefully last) time and step onto the aeroplane.
In true Peace Corps style, our assignment all came together in a very rushed manner, so in case any of you are short on details – welp, we’re in the same boat – here is a quick summary of what we’re getting ourselves into:
Lauren and I will be Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) on a Community Health & Economic Development (CHED) assignment in Lesotho, which is an independent nation completely surrounded by South Africa. Our jobs will most likely include a mix of farming, nutrition & healthcare education, HIV/AIDS prevention, and youth development. So, pretty wide open. The good news is that we’ll spend the first 3 months learning how to do all this and studying the local language of Sesotho (yes, that’s sih-SOO-too). We pray we’ll pass all our training exams and thenceforth be assigned to spend 2 years living and learning in a rural mountain community. We are ridiculously excited.
Meanwhile, much is still unknown… minor details of course, like access to electricity, availability of internet/cell phone communication, our housing, etc. Perhaps some gaps will be filled in during a one-day orientation in Philadelphia, but we have a feeling that answers will only come once we arrive in country later this week. We will update you, dear blogreaders, as often as we can.
We covet your support, thoughts, prayers, and correspondence, so here’s some info to write down!
Current Lesotho mailing address:
Matt and/or Lauren Deakin, PCV
U.S. Peace Corps
P.O. Box 554
Email: Matt – email@example.com, Lauren – firstname.lastname@example.org
Skype: matt.lauren.deakin (it’s a new account, so make sure to add us!)
Cell phone: pending…
Pictures: still deciding between Flickr or just Facebook albums. Suggestions?
We’ll be in touch. Peace.