Its official. I swore in yesterday. I finally get to begin my journey as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Today I will be leaving the sanctuary of Okahandja and moving to my permanent site of Mayenzere, and yes if that name sounds familiar it is where I was located during the CBT portion of my training. I am excited to go back, as it will give me a leg up during integration. I already know the school and the teachers so I plan on spending the next few weeks getting to know my community.
But I am guessing you want to hear about the swearing in ceremony. It lasted about two hours with speeches given by the Ambassador of Namibia along with the Country Director for Peace Corps Namibia. Many of you might have heard that I also got to give a speech. I was nominated and selected to represent group 42 by giving a speech in Rukwangali. This was an incredible experience. I had never given a speech before in a different language. But with the help of my language instructor I wrote the speech in English and translated it to Kwangali. The teachers from the north where Kwangali is spoken loved the speech. After the first three words they started clapping in surprise that I knew any of the language. After the ceremony I went up and talked to the Ambassador and he asked if I knew anything that I was saying.
I explained to him that I wrote the whole thing. He was very impressed that I had the courage to stand in front of everyone and give a speech in a different language. I was pretty proud of myself.
I am off to site today. My new adventure is about to begin. My hut awaits me.