Our Peace Corps Journal travel blog

We landed in Samoa Sunday afternoon, after an incredibly long flight. Our group was the last to get off the plane, and we were greeted by Peace Corps staff holding a banner. As we walked across the tarmac, we were instantly struck by the heat, but we quickly forgot about it as each Peace Corps staff person greeted us with a lei and a hug, as if they had know us forever. In addition to staff being there was also press coverage and other current Peace corps Volunteers waiting to welcome us to Samoa outside the airport. Monday morning we began our day with an Ava ceremony, which is a traditional welcome in Samoa. The hosting chief gave a speech welcoming us, and we all took turns saying a blessing and taking a sip of Ava. The rest of this week has been filled with safety and medical trainings, as well as cultural and language training. Josh is truly enjoying wearing the tradition lava lava (skirt) that men wear. Tomorrow, we leave for the training village where we will spend the next two months. We will be living with host families, but we are told that our Internet access will be limited, at best during our time in the training village. I will post more when I can, and I will include pictures. Thank you for your continued prayers and love.

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