Tomorrow I’m making my way towards Beni Mellal to my good friend Pariesa’s site. Peace Corps, at least in Morocco, has work leave available to volunteers. This means that you can request time to go to another site to work on a project with a volunteer. Pariesa is having an English weekend event that a bunch of volunteers are coming to help with. We will be be splitting up and doing different workshops for adults and even a children’s arts and crafts session. I’m working with a PCV Maryam on a leadership workshop. I’m excited to visit Pariesa. She’s the best cook, and she has WiFi. Also I love her.
It’s going to be a long day of travel, but I think I found out the best way to get there. But you never really know. I think the harder part is going to be getting back to the middle of nowhere on Monday. But I’ll deal with that then. I’m relying on taxis to get me to Beni, so I hope I don’t encounter any issues there. Either way, I’m packing light and hoping for the best! Excited to listen to music and some podcasts on the way. I’ve been exploring Latino music more lately and finding some classics that are so nostalgic. In the good way, not the longing way. I feel at home, and I’m at a point in my life where I think I can embrace my culture more than ever. More on that later.
Next weekend I’ll be going to my other friend Maddie’s site to participate in a workout workshop where she’ll be trying to empower her community to take over the workout classes she’s been leading. I want to see how she approaches this talent and hopefully implement a similar strategy in my town. It’s cool to experience how other PCV’s around the country are working. We all have such different situations but can also face similar challenges. It’s not cool to compare with other volunteers in a judgmental way, but it is cool to support them and get ideas and inspo from them.