Of me not being a Volunteer. Today I report for staging. If you want staging defined go to this wiki description. I am very excited but also nervous. I wish I had another day or could just jump ahead. But it is necessary and I will just have to go.
The schedule is report to the hotel by 12:30 PM and then pre-orientation activities. Try to get sleep as early as possible because for a 6:00 AM flight out of National I have to check out at 2:00 AM. And if the flight to the DR is on time I will arrive around 11:30 AM AST (not the same time zone, but is the same time) . So no change in time to blame sleepiness on. I am told there will be clapping when the plane lands, and feel concerned because what makes it worth applause. Here is a map to put the idea in your mind about how close I am to the US.
Oh I felt I should explain the name of the blog for anyone who is translating it. No I have not gone blond. Although in Spain rubia is used or hair color, in the DR it is a reference to my skin color. And with a majority of my ancestry being British, I am a pale creature. Although a little tanner after a trip to the shore.
So after I arrive in the DR I will go off with the group for a night and the following day meet my host family. I have weeks of language, cultural, and job training in Santo Domingo and other locations then on October 28, 2011 I will be sworn in to serve as a Community Economic Adviser Volunteer to serve until October 28, 2013.
Well that is all for now. I cannot guarantee much access during training, but am told internet access should improve after. So there may not be updates anytime soon. I did my best to take a picture so everyone can put a current image in their minds of me.