Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our home for the next 2 years

Drumroll please!! 

Justin and I have finally learned of our site for the next 2 years. It's been a whirlwind month and a half and I am nervously anticipating the next stage, but am very excited for the adventures to come. With no further ado, I introduce to you our new home:

Meet Tiflet! (the dot in red on the map above) 

- Pronounced "Teeeee-flt" or "Teeee-flit" - I learned how to write it in Arabic script and I'll try to write a pretty one and post it sometime soon.
- Population: Around 100,000, we think.
- Location: In Northwest Morocco, about an hour west of Meknes and 45 minutes southeast of Rabat.
- History: Dates back to settlements by the Phoenicians and Romans in the first millenium B.C. Apparently lots of excavations in the area with historical artifacts according to our guidebook.
- Geography: Tiflet is in a valley, surrounded by hills. From what we've been told, it's relatively flat. We're just excited to go from climbing stairs every day to a paved road or two :)
- Language: Mostly Darija with a bit of French.
- Known for: A strong beekeeping industry, producing some wonderful honey for the region. Also apparently known for really good watermelon.
- For our jobs: Seems as if there will be lots to do. We have 2 youth centers which will be great since there are 2 of us. There are 3 women's centers which is a lot, and I'm looking forward to doing lots of activities with girls and women in the community. Otherwise, a lot of nonprofits and some human rights associations that we're also hoping to get involved with.

That's about all that I know so far! We have another week and a half left in our training site (Moulay Yacoub), which will include a big Moroccan holiday starting Monday (look for a blog post all about it next week!) and a camp with the youth to conclude our time with them. Then, we will return to Fes to complete our training, then off to Rabat to be officially sworn in as Peace Corps volunteers. From there, we are off to Tiflet, where we will live with a host family for the first month to help us meet people in the community, get acclimated, and search for an apartment. 

So a lot has happened, but as you can see, lots more to come! And now that you all know our official site, start planning those visits!!!! :)

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