Saturday, August 30, 2008

Training

Now it's all about deciding on the essential elements of the allowed 80lbs I take with me to Morocco!

I leave this Friday for Philadelphia, for "staging". Then we're off to in-country Pre-Service Training (PST) for the following 11 weeks.

We fly into Casablanca on Monday Sept 8 and bus to Rabat (capital of Morocco, about 1 1/2 hrs from Casablanca) where we stay for 3 days. We'll receive an introduction to PC Morocco, culture, health and safety and get our vaccinations (MMR, Hep A and B, Polio, Typhoid, Rabies and Meningitis-pincushion city!).

On the Sept 12th we leave for our technical training sites in Azrou (about 2 1/2 hrs east of Rabat). Azrou will serve as a regional base for the remainder of the training. We will then be assigned to a Community Based Training team of 5-6 trainees in a small village in the region and will be living with host families. This is for more experiential training, with strong focus on language learning, along with cross cultural training and planning community based activities related to Small Business Development of women artisans.

We will be arriving in Morocco at the beginning of Ramadan-a particularly interesting time to be able to join a host family and experience it (what I can comprehend) first-hand.

While in training, I'll have internet access, and possibly a cell phone-will let you know via blog if that's the case.

11 comments:

Beth McD said...

You have spoken about this type of giving back for so many years; it seems impossible that the time has come. The impact you have on the lives you touch will be immeasurable.

God Bless!
Beth McD

Tamara Silver said...

Off you go, Lynn! Have the time of your life.
Love,
Tammy

Nancy said...

Hey Lynn - congrats on getting your own blog set up! I'll be reading every post and can't wait to go along with you on your experiences. You must be so excited!

Much love,
Nancy

Joanne said...

Hey Lynn,

Bloggin back at ya Babe!

I'm so excited for you and will treasure the stories we'll share during this exciting adventure.

Will miss you dearly and think of you daily.

Hugs.....Love, Jo

Cathy Kroeff said...

Lynn,
Here's to your great adventure! Gene Maggs and I will be thinking about you and checking your blog to learn about your adventure. Enjoy and have fun!
Cathy

beachsk8n said...

Thank you so much for the blog!! I am thrilled to know that you will be able to share this wonderful experience. Twitter and Skype are great fun also ;)
Now I will have to grab my coffee in Westwood, sit down to check the blog and toast with you that way!!
Safe travels and enjoy!!
Theresa

Ginger Bollinger said...

Lynn, Lynn, Lynn...
You amaze and inspire me! What a gift you will be giving to these women in your expertise and your talents. I am so proud of you I could just burst. Can't wait to learn all about what you discover, and am so grateful that you are willing to share the experience with all of us. God bless you BIG TIME!!
Love,
Ginger B.

Express Pass said...

I am also in SBD and hope to see meet you in a few short days. Have a good Day.

Dena

Karen K said...

It is all awesome! You are in our hearts...Feel the love!

Lynne RS said...

Lynn,
How exciting! I have to tell you this is my first visit to a BLOG and look forward to reading about your adventure. Thanks for making a difference!

Love,

Lynne

Cindy A. said...

Good luck, Lynn! I look forward to keeping up with your adventures. Thank you for sharing them. When you need a CARE package, let me know.

Love, Cindy A. (Big Hull)