What advice would you have for a PCMI student who is getting ready to leave for his PC post?
Pack everything you think you need, then take out half the clothes and replace them with more teaching materials and resources, photos, and souvenirs from your hometown to give to your host family (but keep your comfortable walking shoes in there!). Try to get in contact with a current PCV in the country where you will serve, and ask for his/her advice on what to bring and what to expect. Go out to your favorite restaurant and savor your favorite food one last time. Then assure yourself that no matter how much you may miss that food while you are away, you will miss your host community more when you have to leave them to come back “home.” You are about to change your life forever…and that’s a good thing! So take a deep breath, relax, and open your heart and mind. You won’t regret it.