Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer


January 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index

Last week, Transparency International published their 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual report that examines the extent of corruption in nearly 180 nations. Canada finds itself at #9 with a score of 82/100, while Jamaica fell 14 places since last year, now tied at #83 (39/100) with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Lesotho.

Continue reading “Corruption Perceptions Index”



I wore a cardigan to work today. The high was 27C/81F and the low was 22C/72F. I think it is the coldest day I have experienced all year. Going back to Canada is going to be painful…

Things I will eat when I am back in Canada

If you know me at all you know that I love to eat. Continue reading “Things I will eat when I am back in Canada”

In no particular order…

  • File Jamaican tax refund
  • Send all travel-related receipts to Cuso head office
  • Prepare and submit final Placement Progress Report
  • Complete Exit Interview questionnaire
  • Review Leavers Pack
  • Confirm End of Service date
  • Confirm travel date
  • Confirm registration for Reintegration Weekend
  • Complete apartment inspection with landlord
  • Conduct Exit Interview
  • Close and pay out utility accounts
  • Return internet equipment to provider
  • Complete Criminal Record Check
  • Close bank account
  • Collect final stipend to cover outstanding expenses
  • Purchase souvenirs
  • Confirm luggage and carry-on allowances
  • Complete final cleaning of apartment

30 days and counting

A month from now, I will be heading back to Canada. Continue reading “30 days and counting”

Happy New Year!

I’m back! After several weeks of visits and holidays, I am back in Kingston and kicking it into high gear in preparation for my return to Canada. There is so much to do and so little time – AHHH! Cuso has sent a checklist of things to take care of before I go. It includes everything from ‘pay your bills’, and ‘close your bank account’ to ‘complete your final report’ and ‘make sure your partner organization knows your final day’. I have a lot to take care of over the next few weeks, and so many thoughts and emotions to process at the same time… I’ll do my best to capture the last bits of Jamaican glory for you, but in the meantime, feel free to check out some photos from my trip to Panama with David.

Blog at

Up ↑