Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer


January 2016

Last Day of Work

Today was my last day of work before I go.  I spent most of the day sorting through old e-mail, trying to make sure I passed along all the important things I had been holding on to.  It’s so cathartic to discard (archive, no deleting!) old messages, and it felt especially so today, knowing that when I get back, even the most recent messages will be old news.

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SKWID Training

For the last four days I’ve been sequestered with 31 other volunteers at Cuso headquarters in Ottawa for SKWID (Skills and Knowledge for Working In Development) Training. Our group is the largest intake of volunteers that Cuso has had for as long as anyone can remember.  The people I am training with are of all ages and ethnicities and have an incredible wealth and diversity of experience.  I feel humbled and in awe to be included in their cohort.   Continue reading “SKWID Training”

why we travel

Herd Immunity

A big part of my preparations to go abroad include a bunch of medical examinations and vaccinations. There are novels worth of forms for doctors and dentists to fill out, and a bunch of tests I have to take to make sure I am fit to work in a developing country (and to secure my travel insurance, I imagine). Continue reading “Herd Immunity”

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Preconceived Notions:

  • Fresh fruit and fish
  • Kingston = Danger 
  • Water shortages
  • Everything. takes. a. long. time.
  • Loneliness/homesickness/culture shock
  • Crazy driving
  • Cat calls
  • Expensive electricity
  • Super nice people
  • More reggae than I have ever listened to before
  • Irie living
  • Sunburns

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