As mentioned in my previous post, the Mozambique 26 cohort attended a Peace Corps sanctioned conference back in December, called Reconnect. While the main intent of the conference is to answer any questions we may have and cover any information we will need after our first 1/10 of service, it’s also an opportunity to catch up with fellow volunteers after 3 long months apart from each other.
Naturally, this felt like an ideal time to bother my fellow PCVs into doing a Reconnect installment of their photos from Pre-Service Training.
Unfortunately, our cohort was split into two separate groups (North and Central/South) due to the political conflict and embassy-instated travel restrictions, thus making my participant pool much smaller despite my constant nagging. Cheers to the kids who put up with me, y’all are the real MVPs.
In keeping with my theme of untimely posts, I present to you Moz 26, Revisited:
“Emotions pass. Emotionally, I am so up and down in the Peace Corps. I think we all are. But when you’re having a bad day, or a bad week, or bad several weeks, it’s okay to just sit with those feelings because they will pass. Unfortunately happy weeks will pass too, which gives us all the more reason to cherish those feelings. Nothing is permanent, except for maybe tattoos. And even those aren’t really permanent anymore either.” Aja
“Difficulty and hardship are often too easily dismissed as negative forces in our lives. Resilience and perseverance are learned and dynamic and they make many of the difficulties seem less negative and much more interesting. Also, a mouse can eat an entire bar of soap in less than a week and survive to strike again.” Addy
“Self-reliance is important. But without a community that believes un generosity, encouragement, and hospitality I wouldn’t be able to survive in Mozambique.” David
“Falling in love with yourself is one of the hardest and most empowering things you will ever do. Yet, through this process you learn to love others even harder and to always choose kindness to help others on their journey as well.” Ashia
“Everything is flexible, or at least you learn to be. Everything passes. Stay focused on the good days and small successes, they make a world of difference.” Steph
“I will never be a farmer! I recently weeded and cut down my whole yard with my neighbor. The two of us with two hoes took five hours. I don’t think so much sweat has ever poured out of my body. I have so much respect now for people who this every day. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but also a great learning experience.” Morgan
“Surprises are never in short supply. On occasion the surprise is finding out that your chapa breaks down in the middle of a 100° day, other times it’s conversing with community members and being invited to a delicious meal, and every now and then it’s hearing that your neighbor began to properly use his mosquito net. Without these little surprises life staggers stagnates so regardless of what they may be, they have a knack of keeping things interesting and pushing you into a more open minded mindset.” Juan
“Service is a lot like cliff diving…you jump and learn to build your wings on the way down.” Asha