14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

As a sweet surprise, I got an exciting email today (OK, technically last night)!
You are invited to interview with up to two international YAV sites at the YAV Placement Event, March 15-18, in Louisville, KY. By sending you this invitation, the YAV staff team indicates that pending the results of your interviews with individual sites, we believe you are a good candidate for placement in a national or international YAV site for the 2012-2013 YAV cycle. Being invited to Placement Event is not a guarantee of placement. However, if a national and/or international site requests you as a YAV for this next cycle, the YAV staff team is in full support of your appointment as a YAV. 
While it isn't surprising based on my interviews last month, it is nice to have something concrete to look forward to! The difficult decision that comes now is choosing the two sites I'd like to interview with at the event.

India is my obvious first choice - seeing that there was a program there is what initially sealed the intention to apply to the YAV program, and it's just one of those places I've always wanted to visit. Easy pick. My second choice is significantly more difficult.

My first inclination is still Northern Ireland. It is the land of my ancestors, afterall, and the programs I would be involved with focus on work with local youth, which has always been a personal passion. Plus, my friend Steph lives like 20 minutes away, and that would be awesome. The drawback is that it's one of the most popular sites in the program, which means its highly selective. I'd hate to miss out entirely if I didn't make it in to either program (the sorority girl in me wonders if they offer snap bids).

The other choices suggested for me are Guatemala and Kenya. Neither of these were on my initial list, but were suggested by the program coordinator based on the interests I expressed in my application. Of these, I'm leaning more toward Guatemala. My main fear is that my Spanish is pretty spotty... but an intensive language course at the beginning of the program is meant to fix that one. Friends that have been there are highly complimentary.

So, Northern Ireland or Guatemala? Either way, I need to make my decision soon. Lots of prayers for discernment will be flying!

And in the spirit of love, a favorite verse in honor of the holiday:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.  

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 1:1-3; 13 

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