I should be packing my things from my apartment right now, so that I can move home for my last month in the states.. but I’m really not motivated yet, so instead, I began thinking about what will be hard for me when I leave.
1. I’m worried about meeting my co-volunteers. I’m very worried about whether or not I will fit in with them and maybe they have already traveled a lot, but this is my first time. I am kinda concerned about making friends, because it seems to me that it would be really, really bad if for some reason we don’t get along, or don’t have much in common, and they are the ONLY people that I will be able to relate to for three months.
2. I’m starting to stress about learning the language. I’m really good at memorizing, and English has always been my best subject, but a whole new language… I’ve never had to learn another language, and can’t even imagine what it’s like. Plus, I’m going to be learning kiswahili AND Kenyan Sign Language. So it’s going to be a double whammy. It is reassuring that I picked up on ASL quickly, I just like to have things to worry about I guess.
3. How am I supposed to fit all of those shoes they suggest I bring in two suitcases totaling 80 lbs, along with all of the other things like sheets, a sleeping bag, and towels? The list makes it sound like it would be wise to bring 5 pr of shoes, and I just can’t figure out where I’m going to fit them all.
4. I bet I’m going to feel silly reading this stuff after I’ve been in Kenya for about 6 months. These concerns are probably going to be pretty foolish once I realize how little I really need in order to get by.