a little bit has changed from the previous entry: i leave july 17 for philly. i'll be there for 3 days, then i take a bus (with the 93 other folks heading my way) to jfk airport. we fly from jfk to frankfurt, germany. get this--we have a 12-hour layover. i'd like to hit up the zoo--over 3200 animals. sweet. we leave germany about 10:45 that night & are destined for jo'burg. we gather our belongings & take a 2.5 hour busride to rustenburg where we begin an 8-day pre-training schedule. upon completion of this we travel another 2.5 hour busride to zeerust (120 km from botswana border) to live with a host family for the next 8 weeks. during this time i will not have much, if any, internet or phone access (this is your key to WRITE letters!!). after those 8 weeks, i move to my permanent host family's home. there are 6 languages that i will learn: sepedi, setswana, isizulu, isiswati, xitsonga & afrikaans.
i know i have said this before, but i want to thank each one of you for your support and interest in what i am about to embark upon. thank you and much love to you.