Long time no write…
I meant to make this a regular thing but I didn’t really have much to write for a while and as soon as I did things got HECTIC! I mean, I should be studying right now but sometimes it’s just super hard to be motivated so I thought instead of jumping on my phone I’d write a little update!
Right now everything is a bit stressful. Flight payments are due today and, as I always do, I left it to the last minute, and kind of on purpose…I don’t know why! It’s not like I forgot about it or anything and now I’m stressed. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF???? On top of that, I have 3 exams in 2 days and all this other random paper work and medical checks. It’s weird how much more paperwork you have to do as you get older. It’s like BAM, you’re 18, now fill out these forms please.
I think last time I wrote I had yet to have my interview with Mili, from Argentina. Well that’s done and dusted, like far done and dusted, so done and dusted I actually barely remember what it was about. I think it was more of her just getting to know me and similar questions to what I had in the first interview.
Well, long story short team,
- I am definitely going to Argentina, it’s feeling more real and yet I still can’t actually envision myself there!
- I still haven’t got my police checks back that I sent in 4 months ago…so I sent another form through yesterday
- I have a tentative, not confirmed placement in Los Lobos.
- I’ve had the opportunity to meet all the others who are going to Argentina too!
So I started writing this post about a week ago and once again got side tracked but ALOT has happened in this last week so it’s good that I didn’t get around to finishing it.
I’ve payed for my flights!!! We’re leaving for Argentina on the 7th of March, which is just over 3 months away! How?!? It was so hard to pay that amount of money because I am someone who saves money and hates to spend it but I think this is one of the most worthwhile things you could spend your money on. Buy experiences not things kids!
I also had to go to yet another doctors consultation, this time about vaccinations. It’s a tricky decision deciding which ones to get because they’re not compulsory and the actual likelihood of getting any of the diseases is so low that sometimes the potential side effects seem more likely than the disease itself. However, what if I am the one in a million person to get yellow fever or something, that would suck… At the moment I’m going to get vaccinations for Hep A/ Typhoid and Meningitis. Not that this is really interesting or anything but it would’ve been good if I had something like this to read to help me make my decisions. My reasoning for not getting the Yellow Fever vaccination right now is that where I am going to be based does not have a risk for it, it’s only in the far north of Argentina and,if I do decide that I want to go there I can always get it done in Argentina (I hope). The only problem is to travel to Paraguay and Bolivia you need to have had the vaccine if you are travelling to those risk zones. However I don’t know if I even want to travel there.
Potentially the most exciting thing is that yesterday I had my placement in Lobos confirmed!!! From what I’ve read it looks like a really cool place. It’s a town of 40,000 people located 100km away from Buenos Aires. My position for the first 4 months is to work in this really cute little school and help the teachers and teach the students English. The school is for all ages, from the littlest ones to students my age which is going to be a bit strange but I’ll get used to it! Honestly Lobos seems like the perfect place for me. It has a lagoon where you can swim, lots of sport teams and they have their own website which I thought was really cool. I love the fact that I’m not going to be living in the big city yet I’m still close enough to visit on the weekend and buses travel there regularly (as in every hour). Many of the other volunteers are based in Buenos Aires so I can go visit them on the weekend too.
Photos of Lobos:
I’m honestly so excited right now and it’s starting to feel more and more real! I just realized that I will be in Argentina in less time that it took me to put up my second post…
Also if anyone has traveled to Argentina before or knows much about it, please let me know of any cool places I should check out, or just general advise!
Hope you enjoyed reading,