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Haiti 2013 or bust

Last month we received some big news. An email from our CDO revealed both of our onward assignments: Haiti in 2013 – together! We are so relieved that it worked out and there is an end in sight for being separated. After I got my DC post, I had to immediately bid with my husband on his bid list for our follow-on assignment. There were only 9 places on the list that would have worked to place us together and Haiti was on of our top choices. We would have taken ANY of the posts on the list, but this post has its advantages in terms of the specific job that L will be doing, proximity to the U.S., and the fact that we’ll get to learn French and hopefully some Creole.

So we just need to get through this year until L moves back to DC in August 2012 and we begin language training together at FSI. I’m curious to see if we’ll be in the same class. Hopefully we’re not too competitive with each other. Then in the summer of 2013 we’ll move to the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is poorer than Nicaragua.

Here’s a small video filmed in Haiti put out by one of our favorite bands, Arcade Fire. They are very connected to Haiti and support  Partners in Health.

And here’s an unofficial video of the song Haiti by Arcade Fire. Enjoy!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congrats on getting assigned together. That’s great!

    October 18, 2011
    • stmemory #

      Thank you!!

      October 25, 2011
  2. eve #

    excellent! So glad to hear things lined up as you’d both wished. Eager to hear reports and see photos from your perspective. And Arcade Fire rocks. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen- they all just look like they’re having such a blast on stage- it’s really infectious.

    October 19, 2011
    • stmemory #

      Thanks! I know it’s a long shot, but I like to think that maybe being assigned to Haiti will increase my chances of someday actually meeting them. At least I can dream!

      October 25, 2011
  3. Rebecca #

    That means a Josh & Rebecca 2013 Haiti visit! Woo hoo!

    October 19, 2011
    • stmemory #

      Yes! I hear some cruise ships say they’re stopping in hispaniola because Haiti freaks people out. Not you guys!

      October 25, 2011
  4. Congrats on the assignment. Maybe we will be in French training together (Fall 2012?). I love Arcade Fire.

    October 23, 2011
    • stmemory #

      Yes! Congrats on Guinea. We don’t have are exact training schedule yet, but we’ll probably start French in Sept 2012. Glad our paths will cross!

      October 25, 2011

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