We have learned how to use the charpi, which I totally recommend watching the YouTube video on for your enjoyment. Today the focus has been on ensuring we know the Peace Corps policies, how to be safe from harm and healthy, cultural eating and drinking habits, and how we will be assessed throughout Pre-Service Training. At the end in November, they want us to test intermediate-mid level in language proficiency!
I'm a little concerned I won't make it, but at the same time the training schedule involves lots of class time as well as personal study. Tomorrow will be learning how Nepalis do laundry, more Peace Corps values, water treatment methods, shots, and Nepali language review. :-) Our day consists of lots of training and will continue in various ways throughout PST.
Today we found out that there are 6 villages our group will be spread out in pods of 5 with one group of 6. There will only be a max of 35 minutes of walking to our hub site we'll need to walk one day a week when we meet as a group for larger trainings such as permagardening, nutrition, and etc.
My cold is still persisting although the medical officer has given me cough drops. Hopefully they will work, but at the moment it doesn't appear to as I'm still coughing. :-( Last night I woke up twice, but was able to go back to sleep fairly easily. I got up at 6am for the first time since high school when I got up for a TV show. I actually haven't been that tired either today!
I need to go exploring outside sometime soon, which is what most of the other trainees are doing currently. However, I wanted to update y'all and since WiFi only works in certain places and not on the girls' dormitory side - I'm taking advantage of our small bit of free time now to be in a location to post! The power has also gone out a few times so you need to strike when the iron is hot!
They also mentioned today that we should pack one week for our host family when we leave to go there Friday. It makes sense when each week we're going to the hub site where the rest of our luggage will be stored, but also that my splitting up of luggage for my 3 months of training and the rest of my service wasn't really necessary. At least this way I only have to dig through one!
I hope y'all are well and know that I am thinking and missing you. Hopefully I've conveyed a little of what I'm doing this week and before I leave this place, I'll try and post an outline of what my next few weeks will look like in training! Have a great day!