Some Last Words From the States

So today is the big day.  We leave the country later today and head off to Kenya as a group.  In total there are about forty of us and everyone seems really great! We have done numerous activities and icebreakers and the entire group is participatory and enthusiastic.  Our demographics are also very widespread, covering most all major ethnicities and an age range in the ballpark of 21 years to 70 years old.  We even had one women who had sold her vet practice and packed up and moved out of her home of 18 years.  Now there’s a risk taker!

In other news, some notes about this blog.  From this point forward I may have to be vague about some things, such as locations and numbers and activities.  This is not some form of government NDA, but rather just another step in ensuring our safety and the safety of our host communities.  But don’t have fear, I will still update it and I am sure the content will be most interesting besides.

So to all those reading back home, thank you yet again for your constant love and support.  Without them I wouldn’t be doing what I am about to do.  I am even more getting the feeling that the next two years will be far from easy (though thankfully I have not started hallucinating from the malaria prophylaxis), but that it truly will be the toughest job I ever love.  The Peace Corps just seems to have it all figured out pretty well.  So until my next post, goodbye, good day, good luck and I love you all.  And please remember, no news is good news when it comes to the Peace Corps.


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8 responses to “Some Last Words From the States

  1. Owen

    Good luck out there. And remember, always protect your face!

  2. McD

    Godspeed, Jon!


  3. dad

    You are going to do great things. Be good, Be safe, Keep your wits about you, and keep your head down. Love Mom and Dad

  4. kim

    Miss you already. We are so proud of you! Stay safe and have a wonderful time.



  5. Kevin

    By the time you read this you will be far from home. Just know we will be thinking of you often and hoping for the best. Enjoy your view of the mountains.

    When you return we will reacquaint you with Pauls Pasta and GARLIC. Not to mention TV, politics, the beach, and water that you can actaully drink.

    Later Dude!

  6. Let me know when you get bored or want to meet various groups from about Kenya! Travel safely, timothy

  7. Elyse

    I realized I never got to send an official “goodbye” message, but I’m sure you know that I wish you all the best. You will have such an amazing and rewarding time, and I can’t wait to hear about it via email (and blog) updates!


  8. Bec

    Well, I just found this so I hope you’re having an amazing time, I’ll try and check back semi-regularly and let you know what’s going on with me. I grabbed your address so I might send you a postcard or letter while I’m away (visiting fam in England for Christmas). Hope all goes well, I’ll be thinking of you, best wishes, I’m sure it’ll be amazing!
    Love Bec. oxoxox