Here is Part 2 of my videos on the Peace Corps application process. I've heard from some PCVs that it operates a little different now, so please understand that this is 100% based off of my own application, and that you may have a very different experience.
I'm in Asuncion this weekend for my G's despedida. It's basically the last time we'll all be together before people start boarding planes back to the United States. Three have already left, and many many more will be leaving next week. There will only be a few of us that will be in Paraguay for the actual Close of Service Ceremony on December 6th.
I don't judge anyone for leaving early. Everyone has their reasons. Some people are going home to spend time with family before the holidays, some are taking some time to travel around South America before going back home for Christmas. I just know that if I were to leave early, I would always know that I left before my time was up. I committed myself to 27 months -- I'm completing 27 months. It's always been important to me to finish something after it's started.
It's sad to watch everyone leave though. It's definitely bittersweet. I consider G37 to be my family in away. These people have shared a shocking, beautiful, sometimes horrifying and challenging 2 years with me. We've had our ups and downs. We've fought with each other, traveled with each other, picked pique out of each other's feet... These people are not just normal friends to me.
I'll write more later. They're not gone yet!