Hello from Thailand! It is now day 3 of our pre-service training (PST) and I’m loving every minute of it, as exhausting as it is! There are 55 of us trainees total, who all met one another for the first time at our staging event that took place in D.C. the day before our flight. We spent the next 2 days travelling and finally arrived in Bangkok Sunday night. Normally we would have stayed in the capitol for a couple nights but because of the heavy protesting we went directly to Suphanburi, our training Provence 2 hours north west.
Since arriving in Suphanburi we have had intense training about 8-5 each day. We have been having medical, cross cultural and language sessions so far. The language sessions have been my favorite, although they are by far the most tiring! Thai consists of 44 consonants, 36 vowels, and 5 tones. The language instructors are absolutely amazing and only speak Thai during our sessions. We can already say a good number of things, especially considering we’ve only been here 3 days. Today we even met with the Govenor of Suphanburi and formally introduced ourselves-and ALL IN THAI! This Saturday we will all move in with our adoptive host family for the next 10 weeks of training. I am so excited to meet them and learn first hand of the culture.
Even though its only been 3 days into training I’ve already had an incredible time. Ever since arriving in Thailand I have felt so welcomed and appreciated. The Thai people and Peace Corps staff are some of the most warm and inviting people I’ve ever met. The director of our program said that one of his goals was to “excede our expectations.” So far this experience has done just that!