Week 4 of Training

Week 4 of training has come and gone! The days are long but we have made it to the half way mark of training. It’s hard for me to believe that in another 4 weeks we will be swearing in as Peace Corps Volunteers and then heading all over the country. We will find out where we are going this coming Wednesday!  Apparently the way they inform us is pretty neat…can’t wait to share.

Namibia is a very large country in land mass (twice the size of California) with only about 2.2 million people. According to the locals, you can drive for a long time without seeing another person. It is more populated in the north (where I’m not going) along the Zambezi River. I’ve been told I’ll be in the central or southern part of the country. I’ll let you know next week.

During our “health” training, we have learned a ton about HIV/AIDS, alcohol abuse, and gender inequality, just to name a few. We’ve played with condoms that smell like bubblegum (someone told me they don’t taste like bubblegum…I did not check for accuracy) and I’ve seen more wooden penises than I care to see. We used them for instruction on how to accurately use a condom. I certainly didn’t think teaching that skill would be in my repertoire…thanks Peace Corps. 

On Saturday we went to a resort called Gross Barmen.  If you are interested in knowing more about the resort you can google it. We (all 31 of the trainee’s, plus the language teachers and the PC staff) took kombi’s (12 passenger vans) to the park and hung out at the pools and had a cookout. Gross Barmen has a huge hot springs pool, sauna, steam room, spa and several outside pools. It was a fabulous day of rest and relaxation. Here are some pictures from Gross Barmen. 

 

 Lydia, Olivia, Stephanie and Mama Rosa enjoying the hot springs.

Lydia, Olivia, Stephanie and Mama Rosa enjoying the hot springs.

 A view of the edge of the pool, the restaurant and bar, and the lake.

A view of the edge of the pool, the restaurant and bar, and the lake.

 The lake with Christine in the right corner following a lizard with her GoPro.

The lake with Christine in the right corner following a lizard with her GoPro.

 The Hot Springs Pool.  Over on the left, there is an area where you can sit under a waterfall of hot water. It was delightful.

The Hot Springs Pool.  Over on the left, there is an area where you can sit under a waterfall of hot water. It was delightful.

 The large outside pool.

The large outside pool.

 They even had a baby pool!

They even had a baby pool!

 Hanging around the small pool.

Hanging around the small pool.

If you are traveling around Namibia apparently Gross Berman is a popular destination although there were not many people there since this is winter. Speaking of weather, it has gotten down to 43 degree F several mornings but by mid day, it hits 80. The beauty of this weather is that the houses are cool. It is also very dry here. Namibia gets the least amount of rain than any other sub-saharan African country. The amazing thing to me is that the water is safe to drink. There is very little green because of the arid climate. It has not rained at all since I got here but during the rainy season (Jan-April) it apparently rains about once a day for a short period of time. I’ll let you know after I’ve been here through a rainy season. Currently, I am in the central part of Namibia about 72Km (45miles) from the capital, Windhoek. 

Thanks for reading!

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”   By: William James