Last night was Prom. After a good week of preparing, the committee was able to get the party off without a hitch. All volunteers were supposed to represent either their state or their country. A few people came in red, white, and blue. But most people came as their state. Lots of college shirts. Someone dressed up as the statue of liberty. I wasn’t sure what to wear to represent Colorado, so I showed up in a sweater. A few of us talked about bringing our lighters to represent the fires—but that seemed a little inappropriate.
The evening started off with a few surprises. For starters, the food. This will not sound amazing for anyone who has not been away from American food for long periods of time. But we had real pizza, club sandwiches, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and so much more. Once everyone got their share, we were treated to a special song. Someone from our Staj auctioned off “An original Blues Song of your life” at the Skills Auction. An older volunteer—and my fellow CBT mate—won that auction. After that, we watched a five minutes movie thanking the staff. We crowned our two members of our staff Prom King and Prom Queen.
Then the music started.
Two and half hours of dancing in horrible heat is a bit much. The thing is, we are in the Peace Corps. When you are used to going without showers for long periods of time and are completely comfortable talking about your bowel movements with everyone, it is much easy to feel comfortable in a pool of your own sweat. Plus, it is amazing to just let loose for just a few hours. To top it off, we were treating to a well-organized flash mob.
We are all heading back to our sites tomorrow (or are starting the slow journey back to our sites). That’s why last night was so important. We have been so busy integrating and making sure we are respecting in our societies. That leaves a lot of pent up energy and expression. Having ten days here in Marrakesh—and a prom to top it off—is the perfect way to release that energy. I’ve heard many reasons for why we have this training. To go back over what we are doing here. To give people a break so they don’t ET. To bring the Staj closer together.
I honestly think all of that play into the need for this training.
I may not be going straight back to site (basketball camp), but I am certainly ready to get down to some real work in site.