Bonjour! This is my first blog post, and bonjour is pretty much all of the French I know. This may not be ideal for a French speaking nation, but people have been very nice about it. The past few days trying to get here have been pretty hectic (22hours of flying, plus another 10 of layovers and 7 time zones), but I am finally at my new home.
Now, a lot of us were assuming that I might not have running water, and some that I would be in a hut. However, in reality, this place is like a resort but for men. I have a decent room with satellite TV that has all of the major American networks and more (sadly, no Longhorn Network), and they have the Tonka trucks we played with as kids, but in their adult sized form. Even my first meal here was really good. I think a lot of us were expecting I’d be eating bugs like on the Food Network, and that I might go hungry for a while, but this turned out to be an excellent version of dorm food.
Everyone has been very nice, but the people I work closely with have been the nicest. They really care about the communities we are involved in, and I am really glad to be here. I don’t speak any of the languages I need to besides English (Lingala, Swahili, and especially French), but I think I will enjoy this job a lot. Especially once I learn some of these languages.
Thanks to everyone for giving me an incredible amount of encouragement. I am quite far from home, but knowing that so many people support me really gives me the confidence to go halfway across the world for my first real job. While no previous work experience could really have prepared me for this anyways, knowing that so many people think I will succeed certainly makes me think that I will.
P.S. They apparently block sites like Facebook, this blog, and other things during the day. So, looks like I will be getting a lot of use out of my kindle when I am not working.