After the seven weeks, we were sent down to our future site for a week (or maybe two?). My site was six hours by bus from the capital, and during the week, I stayed with my counterpart's family.
And then we had seven more weeks of job type training to teach us the specifics of what we needed to know, more or less. (We foresters trained at a national park in the Andes, but for those of us who worked in more tropical areas, the training wasn't that specifically useful.)
Anyway, that was a long way of saying that in my experience, PC volunteers identified with a smallish group (ours was 28 or so, I think), in my case the Forestry volunteers I trained with. While in service, I lived near volunteers in other fields much more, and got to know them, but I don't identify with them in quite the same way.
At our reunion, two nurses from the health group that came in with us were there, one because she was always part of our group, being married to a forester from our group, and one because she's close friends with one of the other foresters still.
The thing is, I don't know of any other omnibus group that has reunions the way we do.
Most of us got to the reunion on Wednesday afternoon, and on Thursday, we went to Mt. St. Helens and did a little hike. It was hot, and up and down (my fitbit said I walked 189 flights of stairs), but not even 5 miles. It felt like more.
The next day, we went to Latourelle Falls, and hiked again. This time it was much cooler, and we didn't hike quite as long. We went up not quite to the top here, and then we had an overview of the Columbia River.
On Saturday, we went wine tasting at a local winery, and got a tour of the vineyard.
Being forestry folks, we were especially interested in the grafting of the vines. Some vines have been grafted twice.
This vineyard also has amazing flowers (including lots of lavender) for the bees and to deter bad bugs.
So that was the Peace Corps reunion. In between our field trips, we made and shared a lot of food, laughed and reminisced together, and just had a great time. I'm reminded yet again what a great bunch of people I trained and served with.