I’m sure there are other Peace Corps blogs writing about COS conference, but I’ll add to it.

We recently had our COS conference, which stands for Close of Service, which means we have about 3 months left of service. Because we have been ‘au village’ for almost two years, I guess they feel, and rightly so, that they should treat us to a little luxury for once. So we pack up to stay 3 nights at the luxurious Mont Febe hotel, which overlooks Yaounde and the American embassy. The hotel is the nicest I’ve seen in Cameroon, and probably the equivalent of a 3 ½ star hotel in the United States.

 

We go thru sessions dealing with the paperwork and most important, talking about our future after Peace Corps. Like many government jobs, job security is almost guaranteed, especially since we’re volunteers, so now going back to the job market, especially one like this, can be overwhelming. For most volunteers it will be like being single and going out into the dating world for the first time after marrying your high school sweetheart right after high school.

 

So we treated ourselves to three solid meals a day, and nighttime cocktails until the last day of the actual conference when many of us stayed out at the hotel nightclub all night.

 

All this means is that our time is Cameroon is almost over, and we need start thinking about our futures afterwards. Many have already figured it out, they’ve been accepted at Masters programs all over the world and will continue their education. Others are looking for government jobs where the security and our one year non-compete clause can help us get in the door. As for me, I’m starting to put my resume out there and looking at business opportunities.

some friends

some friends

we made it to the end

we made it to the end

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