I have not updated this thing in ages with anything substantial… and tonight… I’m not really in the mood to write much. However, I will just give a very quick rundown of what has been happening in my life as of late.
Last December, I had my IST (In-Service Training). It lasted 1 week from December 17-23. Then I stayed in Kombo for Christmas with the rest of the Peace Corps folks. On December 28-29, there were a 2-day GAD Day workshop for volunteers and their counterparts, and I took my counterpart Lamin from the hospital. Then on December 30th, Joe, Sarah A., and I flew off and away to the Kingdom of Morocco! For 2 weeks, the three of us along with my friend Jordan (in the UK) explored Morocco. We went to Casablanca, Meknes, Volubilis, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech, and a 3-day desert tour to the Sahara (via the Atlas Mountains and visiting places such as Merzouga, Todra Gorge, Ouarzazate, and Ait Benhaddou). (Note: I’ll do my best posting Morocco pictures and a better blog update about Morocco when I get more time.)
Upon arriving back in the Gambia, I went straight to work at the Senior Secondary School teaching computers. To my surprise, my counterpart at the school was no where to be found. He was MIA, and he remained MIA for 2 weeks! Finally, he returned on the 3rd week of classes, and low and behold, the day he arrived, he told us that he was resigning and going back to school to study. Hurray for me! 😦 Needless to say, my work at the school had increased. I had to stop going to the hospital and currently, I teach all the computer classes at the school. Almost every day, I’m at the school from 8am to about 7pm. Some afternoons, I head back home to eat lunch with my host family, but then I head back for evening classes. I’ve been doing this for over a month now, and I’m pretty exhausted. I’ve had to cancel some Friday classes because I just had to get out of site and relax in Kombo with the Peace Corps peeps.
For now, I’m hanging in there. If I don’t get a replacement counterpart soon, I know I’m going to burn out. The best thing I can do for myself at the moment is just skip some classes. It’ll force the school to find a replacement faster, and it will give me some breathing room. Term 2 is barely halfway through. Wish me luck on the 2nd half.