I am going to Guyana. While I have known this for over two months now the excitement of finally getting an assignment wore off fast when I went to work and realized how far away my departure date of January 30, 2012 seemed. With that being said, the excitement is coming back as I look at the next three months and how quickly they are going to pass, and how soon my life will change.
Since receiving my invitation I have been a busy girl, filling out more paperwork for the PC, dealing with stupid medical stuff (who dislocates their patella at work the day after they receive their PC invite??), and appreciating every last good time I have with family and friends before I leave. I still have more PC paperwork to fill out, but I needed a break and have put that off until mid-November, I got my Yellow Fever shot (which gave a beautiful rash on my arm for two weeks), and last but not least I had my phone interview with PC Guyana.
Oh the phone interview…now as far as interviews go I don’t really get nervous I am friendly and honest, but this one threw me for a loop. PC Guyana sent me a list of questions, which we went through exactly as listed, but mix an international call, speaker phone, and the joy of cell phone static and my dogs barking in the background, a few things probably got lost in translation. Despite the phone challenges is was wonderful to talk to PC Guyana and gain some more perspective on where I will be serving. The ever most important question of remote versus urban came up, and I was honest of I could care less, but told them if I had to choose send me remote I can go without electricity and Facebook for months at a time. Where I will land up only time will tell.
This last week I have been starting to put together my packing list. I need to take it in chunks at a time because the idea of putting my life for the next two years in two bags overwhelms me a bit. I just don’t know what to expect and want to set myself up for success. I know whatever I bring or don’t bring I will figure it out and have a helping hand to make it work…but to be completely honest the uncertainty of it all scares me a bit.