just a few hours ago i, along with 110 other people, was sworn in as a peace corps volunteer. it kind of felt like a graduation ceremony and in a way, it sort of was. the peace corps has done its part in preparing us for the “real world”. now language and cultural training is over, no more living with the boukhabzas, no more el hajeb…today has been a day i’ve been looking forward to for a very long time (let’s just say i held mental countdowns and a for real one on this blog). tomorrow, i will travel to my final site where i will be living for the next two years. eek!!! but first, i will have to live with another host family for 2 weeks just until i find my own place (everybody cross your fingers that i get this done within the two weeks!). this new town is so small it doesn’t even have a bank but it’s okay. i’m sure it will be charming. i have no expectations. my policy in life has always been expect the worst but always hope for the best. either way, this experience hasn’t been anything short of awesome so far so this should be good. ANYWAY, back to the swearing-in ceremony…the US ambassador to Morocco was present to say a little something, something then he gave us the oath but what i don’t understand is why we had to stand when he entered and left the place or the fact that he was introduced as “his excellency”. whatevs. after a couple of speeches, a quick oath, BAM i’m official. the oath we took is the same oath that is taken by all federal office holders (except the President, who takes a slightly modified oath), and by military personnel. apparently it’s also something that is required by the constitution. m’enerf…it went a little something like this:
I (insert your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm if you don’t like the word swear) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God (you didn’t have to say the last phrase if you didn’t want to).
further proof of my officialness:
with those came a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, a mosquito net, a peace corps 50th anniversary t-shirt, and an official looking pin…SCORE
i’ll post more later, especially about my site once i actually know more about it. i’m sorry if this post was completely all over the place. a lot is going on right now but i wanted to write a little something before i go off on my own with no guarantee of internet service for who knows how long. wish me luck ya’ll.
and just for fun, here’s a little gallery of pics from CBT. it pretty much summarizes the whole experience.