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keep in touch

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on March 23, 2010

Today:

  • Language lesson
  • Community analysis project wrap up
  • Tour of Agouim with PC Morocco Country Director and current PCV at site
  • Spend time with host family
  • Spend time with CBT ladies
  • Dinner: short pasta noodles tossed in light oil and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar (a kid’s dream come true!)

One thing I’d really like to do is keep in touch with people in the US while here in Morocco. Internet access is limited so I’ll take up other means of correspondence in lieu/until I get to my final placement site. With that said, please email me your mailing address so that I can send you something. No guaranteed timeline on how soon you’ll receive mail. On that same note, mail in any form on this end is appreciated! Please update me with what’s going on with you!

A few people in my Stage are doing long-distance relationships (LDRs). Even though I’m not one of them, I’d like to offer a few comments to those in LDRs:

  • It’s difficult to be in a LDR, much less one for 27 months. Much respect to those who are in one.
  • Even though you feel incomplete without your other half beside you, remember that this – Peace Corps – is 1) your experience and 2) will not last forever.
  • As much as you want to connect with you significant other as much as possible, now is the time to form friendships and bond with people in our stage. You’ll want to have those handy once we all disperse to our final placement sites. You’ll need/want those so that you’ll feel comfortable reaching out to people when you experience the low-lows.
  • Establish regular “dates” – phone, email, chat, Skype, etc. Create a schedule so that your relationship doesn’t prevent you from meeting new people and making new friends and vice versa.
  • Keep in mind, PC is an experience for single people too and some people in this stage are not in relationships. We’ll be there for you during your low points but don’t make them our low points too. Each person will experience his/her low points as it is while being away from home, family, friends, etc. and living in a foreign country among foreign people.
  • PC is a commitment too.
  • Most people early terminate (ET) from PC service because of LDRs (or so I’ve heard).

Successful relationships during PC (based on the RPCVs I know/met):

  • Two single people meet during PC service
  • LDR in which one person served in PC while the other was in the US
  • Two RPCVs meet after service
  • Married couple serving together in PC (pretty awesome)

Unfavorable relationship during PC (based on RPCV talking about others):

  • One person in LDR cheating on their significant other (not cool at all)

Some relationships don’t make it out of PC (just being fair and realistic).

Best of luck to those in LDRs!

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  1. Lauren Murphy Gursel said, on April 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hi Diana!

    Loved reading your blog! Sounds like you’re having a fabulous experience- makes me miss my PC days!!!

    Hugs to you!
    Lauren

    • nauticalgal said, on April 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for reading! 🙂 Halfway done with training, final site announcements in two weeks…yikes!!


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