Hey everybody! I made it safely to Zambia. We got through all the flight delays, stayed a little extra in South Africa, and arrived in Zambia late Thursday night. We had introductions, bicycle measuring, shots, and a full day of training on Friday. I had a huge headache last night-do not know if it was dehydration, my first malaria pill, or just stress. But I feel better this morning! We had more sessions this morning and are currently in a mall, doing our grocery shopping for our first site visits.
So far, it is like we are taking baby steps, gradually going deeper into the "real" Africa. There is a lot of contrast here...poverty and dirt roads, and then malls and grocery stores....but we have not even really left the capital city/district yet. We are having more training sessions and a formal "ringing in" ceremony (the first one ever in PC Zambia) tomorrow. Then, on Monday we will go out in groups of 3-4 people to current volunteer sites across the country. We will stay with this volunteer and get a full idea of what their village life is like for 3 days, returning back to the head office next Friday. On Friday, I will learn my language group and host family village where I will spend the next 10-11 weeks!
I've taken lots of great pictures, but I won't have time to put any up yet. I'm already having a great time! Hope to be able to post more soon!