International Fellow Ryan Hage recounts some of the Summer’s moments following the annual PPI – Cyprus Summer Camp including attending Managing Director Jale Canlibalik’s wedding party!
The month of August is always a time for rest and relaxation for the PPI-CY staff. After months of planning, and then a week of summer camp, the staff is completely exhausted. Quoting myself, “It was literally the most tiring week of my life, but also one of the best and most fun”.
Just a few days after the camp ended PPI-CY Program Coordinator Stephanie Nicolas and I had the honor of attending our Managing Director’s henna party. A henna party is a tradition that is held before the wedding to celebrate their union. Needless to say, it was a first for me and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing and there is a traditional dance that takes place. Jale gets very dressed up in a traditional dress and is presented to the crowd. It was a cultural experience that I will always remember! Congrats to Jale and Semsi!
After such a hectic couple of weeks, the staff took a little vacation to enjoy Cyprus. Going to one of the many beautiful beaches was a daily occurrence for all of the staff. Stephanie even made a new friend, Curious George, a donkey that put his head in her car while driving by. And I traveled to Barcelona for a few days to take in the sites and enjoy some Spanish food. Paella and tapas were eaten frequently.
Overall, the staff had an amazing couple of weeks and are now back in the office planning for the upcoming year. We could not be more excited for all of the events and fun we will have!