Holiday time has arrived in Namibia. School is out and many learners (as they are called in Namibia) leave the hostels and travel to their homesteads to help out in the fields and see family. Unfortunately my village is the exact opposite. Most people leave the village to travel or go live in the city where life moves at a quicker pace. I arrived back in my village, after spending a week in the capital for my last part of training, to an empty homestead. My mom and dad were in Rundu with the rest of their family, and my brother was out and about. This is probably what most of my holiday will feel like. A lot of down time to plan and prepare for the next school year. I will be doing some traveling around Namibia during the holiday. I am meeting up with other volunteers to collaborate about projects and get the framework started for the new year. I will let all of you know when and where I go as the month goes on.
Another very exciting celebration happened while I was in Windhoek this past week — the 25th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Namibia. All of the volunteers around the country traveled to Windhoek for a special conference to celebrate this occasion. It was incredible seeing all of the other volunteers. Some had arrived just before us in April, while others have been here for 4 years! I spent most of my time talking and listening to all of their stories, trying to soak in all the amazing insight they had to offer. I met some great people and made a lot of new contacts around the country. The event itself was also a sight to see. The prime minister came and gave a speech talking about the unity of our two governments and how much help we had been since the Peace Corps arrived in 1990. I feel honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of people. We are all here for the same purpose even if we are in different sectors and it really showed in everyone’s stories.