November 17th, 2012
It was an exciting week to be a PCT in Mozambique because this week we got site placements. I found out that I will be going to a town called Messica in the Manica province of Mozambique. I will be living with another PCT, Sarah, and will be teaching math at the secondary school (8th through 12th grade) in Messica. We will be opening a site in Messica, meaning that the Peace Corps has not yet had a volunteer in this town. Apparently the town has wanted a PCV for a long time, but they never had the means to provide housing for a volunteer. I am told that our house is "very nice," but I have absolutely no idea what that means. I am also told that Messica is about an hour from Chimoio, which is the provincial capital of Manica, and also home to one of the three Peace Corps offices in Mozambique (which has air conditioning and wi-fi). All of the volunteers that visited Chimoio for site visits only have great things to say about the city including that it's a lot more safe than Maputo and has two large grocery stores, which is quite reassuring. I really have no idea what to expect living or community-wise, considering we have gotten no information about Messica, but I am just so excited to get there and see what it's like.
On Monday we start model school which is an opportunity to get in front of Mozambican students that volunteer to attend our lessons. I will be teaching 4 classes of 8th grade math and giving 2 different lessons. My first lesson isn't until Wednesday of next week, so I get a couple of days to watch some other lessons and make sure I have mine well planned out. I probably should be more nervous than I'm feeling right now, but I've already practiced giving my lesson twice now in language class so I'm have a decent grasp on the Portuguese I need to deliver it.
Speaking of Portuguese, I found out that I scored an Intermediate-High level on my LPI practice, which is good enough for me. Intermediate-Mid and lower have language class every day from 1:30-5:30. I'm a little sad that I missed out on extra language help, but I'm glad that my language is progressing.
We leave for swearing in to the Peace Corps on December 3rd. Whoa, that's coming up really fast. My host sister, Nucha, says she's going to come visit when I get to site and I really hope she does (even though my site is probably at least 20 hours of travel from Namaacha). I really want to be the one to cook for her, heat her water for the bath, and do all of the things that she does for me now that she probably thinks I don't appreciate. I love living here, but I'm ready to have some independence and do things my own way.
Tomorrow I'm going to church with some other PCT's, and then we're going to head to the cascadas (waterfalls) in Namaacha. Time is flying by here, but I feel like these next two weeks might be sluggish since I'm anticipating what comes next.
|A chapa. We fit at least 20 people in this thing. 4 people per row, 4 rows of people, and many times even more.|
|My host sister, Nucha, killing a chicken. The other one my mae already killed.|
|My host nephew, Walmer. Sorry, I can't figure out how to turn the picture, but you get the idea, he's freaking cute.|
|The beach at Xai Xai. First time at the Indian Ocean.|
|The waterfalls of Namaacha!|