Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bon Voyage

As most of you know, I applied to the Peace Corps about a year ago. And after what seems like an eternity, they finally offered me a position…in ALBANIA, and I leave tomorrow!  If you're shocked about the location, I am too. I did preference a Spanish speaking country, but the position offered was in Albania, and I have to admit I am extremely excited about it!

For those of you who do not know, Albania is located in Eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula bordering Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro... as well as the Adriatic/Ionian Seas.

As for the more detailed information, I really will not know much more until I get there. I know that I am going with a group of 37 volunteers and we will all serve our first three months together around the city of Elbasan. These three months will consist of various types of training including language classes (they speak Albanian, and no, I do not know any). After the training period, we will be matched with a specific job, move to our sites, and serve the remaining two years as a volunteer. I will be volunteering within the Health/Medicine/Education realm, but I won't know more specifics until later. 

Above all else, get ready- you are about to indulge yourself in yet another one of my travel blogs. I have set this up for those who care to know what I am doing and keep in touch over the next 27 months. If you've read my other blogs you know they can be long, so read at your own risk or just check in to see occasional photos. And as always, comments and emails are more than welcome from all of you!


  1. Salve! Maybe since Albania is close to Romania, there will be some "romance" influence....I just know your Latin will help=)

  2. PS It is the Ides of March, so, watch yourself...."Cave, cave...."