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Jun. 10th, 2009

My Site!

I finally have a little bit of time to upload some pictures! This is my courtyard and the view from my window overlooking the town.

May. 18th, 2009

Just a couple quick pics....

May. 15th, 2009

Still on the french keyboard..... sorry for sp

So life here has settled down a great deal. Training is over (thank god), and I am now at my site where I will be living for the next two years!

I am sorry for not posting regularly, but once I am settled in and have my new house (which is now picked out and will begin to work on in just two weeks)!

My site is wonderful! I cannot really describe it here as it is something one would have to see to understand. It is a rather large site with a lot of people, tucked away at about 7000 ft elevation in the middle of the country. I am close to everything one could need in life, from waterfalls, to Marrakesh, I am truely lucky to be where I am.

My language has been coming along little by little, and it turns out I am actually not that bad at it! To my own surprise, I actually passed the language proficieny interview and I am on my way to speaking some bad ass berber (my site uses a combo of about 50 percent tamaziert, 30 tashelheet, and 20 perent their own dialect, these would all fall under berber).

I have already found an association to work with that is looking to construct 20 bathrooms in homes in the neighborhood next to my own. I am very excited about this as finding motivated people can be somewhat difficult. I am the tenth volunteer at my site, and I will admit this was somewhat discouraging at first. This project is actaully quite spectacular to fall in my lap the way it has, but it will be 6 months before I can write a grant proposal in order to get it funded.

For the next 6 months, I will basically be learning language, making a home, and socializing with others in order meet my community and become intergrated. This experiene is very differnt than what one could ever imagine it to be, but so much fun!

Some things of interest:
Time- this does not exist here really. I do not use it often and neither does anyone else. I would say all together it is generally irrelevant unless I have to be somewhere for Peace Corps.
Work- define this. Work here is not what work is in the United States, and if you try and translate this to Morocco, you will not be successful here and will probubly ET (leave early).
Personal Space- lol, this is very foreign to Moroccans as they do everything together and being alone is seen as a pretty strange thing. Setting boundaries from the beginning is key but still does not always work.
Contradiction- Morocco is known as the cold land with the hot sun. You can apply this to just about everything here. I can promise you one thing if you come here, nothing will make sence, and there is no such thing as common sence.

PS- Turns out the reason I get sick all the time is because I took a shower, i drink to much water and sleep when I do not feel well.... who knew?

May. 4th, 2009

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all sworn in

I am now,finally a peace corps volunteer

Life is good and I am now at my site... I think I have a house picked out... here are some long awaited pics....

Apr. 10th, 2009

I live in Africa....

On a French keyboard

I broke my computer so i now have to use a french keyboard not easy

i will update this once i get my computer, but to all my friends and family, life is beautiful!

I miss you all so much peace corps is amazing and so is morocco I am totally in love with this place. Life here is difficult sometimes i am sick most of the time, but every time i am sad i just look out side and see how amazing this place is... I am tucked awat in the snow capped atlas mountains.... six days until site announcement and two weeks left of training... Hamdullah!

Feb. 26th, 2009

3 days to go....

First of all, this is my address until April 29th, however it takes a couple of weeks for me to get mail so keep that in mind:

Joseph Stincer, Trainee
s/c Corps de la Paix
2, rue Abou Marouane Essaadi Agdal,
Rabat 10100, MOROCCO

To all of my family and friends who have made this last few months so much fun... thank you!
I will miss all of you dearly, but I cannot wait to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! The next time I write here I will be in Morocco... please keep in touch and feel free to send me some mail or a phone call (i will let you all know what this is once I am in Morocco).

Feb. 6th, 2009

Three weeks and two days to go....

So the reality of leaving has become more and more surreal with each passing day. Today I booked my flight for staging, and I feel like everything is FINALLY coming together. I have gone on what I call a farewell tour to say goodbye to all of my close friends and family... life feels like it is on the verge of something new and exciting, and of course it is.

I am so excited after waiting 13 months to get to the place where I am finally ready to go, or should I say, as ready as one can be for a complete life change in virtually the time frame of one day.

For all of you who do not know me or are interested, I am invited to be a health educator. Other than that, all I know is what I read in these blog posts and tons of research. I am starting to miss everyone already, but the excitement of going has really overshadowed my sadness of leaving behind the ones I love the most...

Oct. 7th, 2008

Ups and Downs....

Life has certainly brought about quite a few ups and downs lately. From being completely elated about moving to Morocco, to thinking it will never happen as life (and the economy) bring about more changes. My parents however have made it possible for me to go (thank god for awesome parents). I have a little over 4 months to go and the anticipation is unbelievable!