Dear Group 79,
Congratulations on your first year in Samoa. Remember when we first arrived 10 October 2007? Remember how different and foreign everything seemed? Remember how smart Group 77 seemed? I thought those guys really know what was going on and had it all sorted out. Of course, now I know they were just faking it. Now it is our turn to pretend that we know what is going on and that we have it all sorted out with Group 81.
This has been an adventurous year. We've lived through boils, giardia and extreme food allergies. We learned to dance, speak Samoa and kill a pig (some of us had a more intimate experience with that last one than others). We've made friends and family. We've worked hard and partied just as hard.
Congratulations to Group 79 for making through our first year. I look forward to all the exciting things we will accomplish in our next year.