Yesterday all 47 of us learned where we will be serving (we were a group of 49, but a couple of younger PCTs were sent home due to behaviors that did not respect the Namibian peoples nor represent the Peace Corps in a positive way). After successful completion of four more weeks of training we will be living and working in Keetmanshoop! That is about a 5-hour drive south of Okahandja and about 3-hours north of South Africa. Barbara will be working with women and girls who have family members with HIV/AIDS or single mothers. She will help them develop their business knowledge and expand markets for income generating projects including crafts. I will be working in partnership with the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (in their branch office) developing and supporting businesses through the Enterprise Development Program. We are told we will be in a four bedroom house on the grounds of the State Hospital where other PCVs have stayed, but the roommate situation is not clear and we will try to get info on that next week.
Next Weds we will depart for 5 days of shadowing a PCV in Ondangwa north of Etosha. He is a CED volunteer who has been there a year now and we will watch what his days are like and then find our way back to Okahandja via public transportation …part of the training “How to Get Around on Your Own in the Land of the Brave.” We are looking forward to being “shown the ropes” by Bill Brumfield whom we met last week when he came down to present a class for us.