I am applying as a volunteer to work in Africa and as yet I am not sure what role I will be given... the most likely is that in Health Education or as a Trainer of teachers. I have been to Melbourne and participated in The P2V (Preparing to Volunteer) during 10-12 March.
Having read the literature recommended, I am researching at 'grassroots'....to get a better understanding of what to expect in Africa by contacting RVs (return Volunteers) As this is the first time I have been a volunteer I am learning so much from hearing about their adventures ...why they applied...highs and lows...coping with culture differences...expanding on the areas we covered in P2V.
P2V allowed 12 volunteers to meet and get to know each other in many interactive sessions...I so loved getting to know these people as they now become the core of our support network for surviving when we get to Africa as we will all be there at the same time experiencing similar challenges and excitements. We are very anxious to get our placements so that we can focus our energies on our placements and the actual country we will be living in!...but we know that PATIENCE is going to be a much needed quality over there so we are practicing being...patient!
I am back in Trinity Beach where I live doing the things we need to do in preparation..medical...dental..etc...
I will keep you posted on any developments!