This week Group 77 convened at a resort on Tongatapu to reflect and celebrate our service. The COS (Close of Service) training not only included story telling and reflection, but also thinking about our transition back to America (reverse culture shock, logistics, etc.).
It was surprisingly a very emotional time for me. I expect the next two months to be full of hugs and crying (it's hard to leave a place that has turned into your home), but I wasn't necessarily expecting to get emotional at this conference.
But these people have become some of my closest friends the last two years. We share a unique experience that will forever connect us.
They understand what it's been like to live on this little island for the last two years.
The conference was such a wonderful way to begin the "goodbye" process.
I am so proud of this group of people and what they've done in Tonga. We all feel so grateful for the last two years in the Friendly Islands and feel like we've all changed (for the better!) because of this experience.
Thank you Peace Corps Tonga Group 77 (and thank you PC staff for all of the support!).