This week I went to a counterpart conference in Amman to meet my mudier and my counterpart, and then after the conference I went back to Ramtha with them to spend the night on my counterpart’s floor, see the school, and sign the lease on my apartment! It was a pretty crazy day for me… I started the day in a blazer and ended it in my jammies on counterpart’s kitchen floor. The next day I got to see my center for the first time, which was really exciting. They happened to be having a party that day for the volunteer I’m replacing at the site, so I got to eat lots of popcorn and date filled cookies and dance dhebka with the students and all the teachers. It was a good way to meet my future colleagues. I like the center a lot. It’s big, with around 30 kids and four teachers, and it’s a government-run site so the facilities are actually really nice. And out back there’s an olive grove, a chicken/duck/pigeon coop, and a garden with a beautiful view of the Irbid farmlands. From what I could tell, the teachers and my mudier were all really friendly and seemed happy to have me, so things are off to a good start.
After the party at the center I got to check out my future apartment, which is the bottom floor of a big house about a block away from my center. I’ll be living underneath my landlady and her family, all of whom seem like lovely people. They introduced themselves, explained that I was their new daughter, and promptly made me mansef. I’m really happy to be living under a family, especially since the area where I’m living is really rural and spread out, so I think I’d have a hard time meeting people if I wasn’t directly underneath a family already. I like the area a lot though. I’m about a 20 minute walk from the city of Ramtha, out in the farmlands where things are a lot quieter and also prettier. My apartment is super small, but it’s got a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, so there’s nothing to complain about really. And I’m less than a five minute walk from work, which is a bonus. 2 more weeks of training and then I swear in and get to move to this lovely place!