Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Mi missem yufellas tumas!

Well over a year later, I finally got my hands on some more photos from Vanuatu. Liesa finally posted some of her pictures on Facebook. And pleasantly, from the 50 out of several hundred, she chose to include one of my favourites. I haven't seen this photo in over a year, but I love it:

This is me attempting to communicate with small children. (More specifically, as part of my small team project, I was responsible for teaching the community about the environment and composting. Exciting stuff.)

From Liesa and Morsen's final report:

Challenger Feedback Form

Jessica works well within a group in all areas. . .her upbeat personality is infectious, and maintains a positive atmosphere in the group. She works hard on the worksite considering she has never worked in construction before. . .

Communication Skills

. . .she shows respect and everybody likes her. She has even managed to get over her fear of dealing with children under the age of 5!

That last bit on the report is a blatant lie. Liesa and Morsen actually changed the report when we returned to Port Vila before they turned it in to the head honchos. The original report suggested that I need to work on my communication with children skills. Case in point? The above photo.

Tara was significantly more equipped to deal with the young 'uns.

I miss everyone. I feel like I should do an update on everyone that I have spoken to:

Rose- As previously mentioned, Rose married my hostbrother Tom and is theorectically in Laravet as a I type this.

Jo-Is currently in Taiwan, teaching english, after spending the summer in Central America

Becca- is still in Montreal, working on becoming a doctor. Her boyfriend is from Edmonton, and she was living there for the summer, so we caught up over lunch one day. It turns out that post-Lambubu, she discovered she had a parasite and a strain of salmonella. Her illness nearly prevented her from returning to school in the fall, but she made it through. It is kind of funny though, because we always joked about the fact that Becca, the token medical student amongst us, continually drank untreated water. This is a lesson to future challengers.

Dave-is still going to school in B.C.

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