We had a Closing of Service ceremony. I did it! I made it to the finish line. There were mixed emotions that I could not put my finger on it. My TEFL manager read me words about my service and how I made a great impact in people’s lives. He mentioned about Era connected to a Palestinian teacher and that opened her world and a small library in class. I made an awkward speech that made a few people laugh and dabbed…just because. Then we made a final pledge that nearly teared me. Finally everyone exchanged hugs and farewells and that was it.
I’m now a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. What a great feeling! I can’t explain how awesome it is to finally scratch this off my bucket list. I can finally move on to greater things. I have a lot of things to do back in the states.
I created a meme that many PCVs agree.
All volunteers in my group met up at Pogradec for a final conference with the Peace Corps staff. We covered discussions about readjustments, reverse culture shock, reflecting our two years service, and such.
On the second-day of conference, everyone painted their canvas of their site. Moments like this was special.
Towards the end of the third-day conference, two volunteers presented a video clip of pictures from different volunteers who sent their pictures of their service. After that, everyone said their final good-byes, hugs, and group pictures. It was the most emotional moment ever. It’s surreal that two years flew by so fast.
Looking back into my service, there were beautiful times and terrible times. I learned a lot about myself, learned new skills, met lots of people, and traveled. I’ve made bad choices and ponder about life. It was frightening. It was mind blown. This is the kind of experience that no one can relate unless they’re Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
My final chapter is finally coming to an end.