May 6th – 9th, 2013
Close of Service (COS) Conference… can’t believe it’s that time in my service already.
Just one day after Camp GLOW ended, all of the Mighty Fine Group 9 met at our Peace Corps Office. We were then bused to the nice Forester Arms Hotel, tucked away in the forests of the Hhohho region.
We spent 3 glorious days sleeping in really comfortable beds, loving indoor plumbing (that we only had to share with one other person), eating buffets for breakfast and lunch, and four course dinners. When we weren’t enjoying these fine things, we were being prepared for what comes next. How do we rap up two years in Swaziland? How do we go back to America and re-assimilate? How do we get a job? And how do we talk about Swaziland in five minutes to people who simply don’t care?
To help fuel the excitement about what comes after Peace Corps we were all given our official Close of Service dates. So here it is… I am officially COSing on July 18th!!! I will do a bit of traveling before coming stateside again, but plan to be back in MN mid-August.
For the three days we also reflected on our last two years, hardly believing that we made it through. Granted we are much smaller then when we came. We started with 39 in our group and are down to 23 for various reasons, but despite our dwindling numbers we are still mighty fine! We have become so close over the last two years; it’s hard to think that when I go back to MN I won’t have my G9 PCVs there with me when I get off the plane. Good thing airtime (cell phone minutes) is much more cheap (see I can’t even speak proper English anymore) in America.
As we left the conference, we celebrated our 23rd month anniversary. Then it was back to site, after two weeks away. No matter how integrated you feel, it’s always a transition back to hut life, but I was also returning with the heavy task of having to start packing, getting rid of things, and saying goodbye. Two months is going to go by very fast.
|The Mighty Fine G9!!!|