So as most of you know, we are leaving for the little country of French Guiana in ten days to go teach English for seven months. We hope to be able to keep up this blog during our time there so that you all can keep up with our goings-ons at your leisure. We've been hired by the French government to teach English in middle schools, and through this program we could have been placed anywhere in France. We chose French Guiana :)
So those are the basics. Most may not know the details about the city/town/village/hut that we are going to, because quite frankly there's nothing on wikipedia. So, we will be teaching in Maripasoula and Papaïchton, French Guiana. We will wait for you to look it up on Google Maps...
Ok as you have seen, they are very sparsely populated areas on the interior of the country, in clearings of the Amazon Rainforest only separated from the country of Suriname by the Maroni River. We have found out via an undisclosed informant more details about the area, and hope at this point we are somewhat well prepared for this awaiting adventure. We'll spend about a week in Cayenne- the capital- for orientation during which time we will get used to the culture, food, and the heat and humidity, and then all the English assistants will disperse to their respective assignments throughout the country.
Our place is remote: we will either take a small (as in, 8 passengers or so) plane or (the way awesomer option) a four-day boat ride up the Maroni River to get there. Once there, we may be spending some nights in their version of a hostel- a canopy under which you hitch your hammock. From there, we need to find ourselves a place to stay, which will most likely be a single story, wooden apartment-type building. We may get a pet monkey. Probably actually most likely get one.
Given its remoteness, we don't know if or how often there is internet connection. To avoid looking like the rich targets of theft, we are not bringing any computers, ipods, or other modern "necessities." Therefore, this could possibly be our last post for seven months, too, in which case we will update you all with snail mail when we get back. Hopefully, to avoid overtaxing the snails, we will be able to update from a McDonalds or more likely our schools fairly regularly. So, be looking forward to many pictures of Cody running off into the Amazon and Becca running away from the Amazon, as well as pictures of exotic bugs, people, and customs :)
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Becca and Cody