The latest step in Peace Corps-Namibia’s “dance of the veils” occurred this afternoon. We all learned where we will shadow a current volunteer for a few days next week.
It just dawned on me that yesterday marked one month since I left home. It seems so much longer.
I just learned in this article that May is “Older Americans Month” at the Peace Corps. I wonder if they’ll bake a cake.
Andrew, a friend and another PC CED volunteer, is staying with a host family related to my own here in Okahandja – just two blocks away. In addition, we’re both learning Afrikaans together.
For more information on what’s going on here, and with another perspective on the Peace Corps life in Namibia, check out his blog:
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, we begin our PST sessions with a number of songs to get the blood flowing. Starting with the national anthems (where you’ll hear the low energy in this audio clip), they get more and more rambunctious and end with stamping, swaying, dancing, clapping, finger-snapping and lots of laughing. It certainly wakes us up!
Yes, this is a parody of an Afrikaans language lesson – but it will give you an idea of the difference in pronunciation when compared to English.
Some random photos from this past week…
We spent last Saturday exploring various sites in and around the nation’s capitol, Windhoek:
- Heroes Acre national cemetery.
- The Grove shopping mall.
- Old Location Cemetery at site where signs of South Africa’s apartheid regime are still evident.
- Katatura (meaning “the place where we don’t want to go”) – the district where Windhoek’s blacks were relocated during apartheid.
- Single Quarters open-air market where traditional food and drink are prepared and sold.
- Independence Memorial Museum with impressive galleries commemorating the country’s struggle for freedom from German, British and South African rule.
Our language assignments were announced last night to many cheers of excitement & gulps of nervousness. This morning, we all had to learn some basic greetings in all 6 languages that Group 43 is learning, which gave us a sense of the amazing diversity of this vast land. Detailed instruction (full immersion!) have started and our host families arrive in 30 minutes for first introductions. We move in with them tomorrow so stress levels are at a peak!