We did language learning, talked about money and power and contextualization among other things. We covered a lot. One of the more interesting sessions was when a portion of our group that are not U.S. passport holders shared with us how they viewed Americans and some of their experiences in their home cultures with Americans. A lot of it I expected but some still surprised me. I've mentioned this in an older entry but we've got a great mix of folks here. The majority are Americans but we have participants from Germany, Slovakia, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Korea, the Philippines, and Canada. That's made it more fun that in it would have been without them.
All of our trainers spent extensive time living outside the U.S. as well. They are all teaching out of practical experience rather than just theory and I've appreciated that.
One interesting part is that I'm probably the second oldest person in the group of trainees. Most of the participants are younger - probably in their 20s. But I'm used to that kind of thing. Most people that come on staff with CCCI do so right out of university. People like my wife and I that join up mid-career are an exception. We are used to people thinking we are the ones running the training rather than being a participant.
After we wrap up here, we'll start working our way home. We've got a lot to do before we move. I've got to raise a good amount of additional support, we need to plan the logistics of the move itself, we'll need to sell a bunch of stuff, get the kids their passports, etc. Good times.