Thanks for continuing to visit in my absence. Each one of you stalkers holds a special place in my heart. Life in Benin contiues to be interesting. I took my first bucket shower the other day. Fun indeed. I’m going to miss hot water. Oh wait, no I won’t, because I have to boil any water I drink. :-p
Benin is an amazing country. I realized just how tropical it really is while driving from the Cotonou to our training site. It could hve been straight out of a national geographic photo. Absolutely beautiful.
My host family is as warm and inviting as anyonecould wish. The food is great, and my French is improving by leaps and bounds. I can’t wait to start learning local languages. It’s going to open up a whole new world to me. Right now, I can speak only with those who speak French, so learning Fon or another language is really going to help once I’m at post and actually training people.
Yeah, the ICT program is still ambiguous, but the volunteers doing it seem to be accomplishing a lot, whether within their primary projects or otherwise. I can’t wait to start designing my own programs and training sessions (formations). I think I’ll be able to accomplish a lot.
My fellow trainees are good and interesting people, so I’m not yet lacking for conversation. I also like the volunteers. Everyone is surprisingly normal. Thank God. Can you imagine me if it had really been a haven for stereotypes? Whew. Small favors and all that.
In general, life is good. Any future volunteers reading this: BOIL YOUR WATER. I’ve only been in country a week, and I already found out the hard way. Don’t be stupid, or at least, give your body some time to aclimate itself before being a moron. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST DO IT. Take my word for it.
Anyway, I’m enjoying getting to know people here. It takes away a lot of the strangeness when locals shout hello and my name walking down the street. My host mom knows everyone, so it happens a lot. I’ve got a lot to learn, but it’s goiong to go quickly. I can’t believe I’ve been here a week already!
I’m serious about boiling your water. Montezuma’s revenge is a fast road to dehydration, which is the last thing you want in this heat.