- Each country differs but you can always expect to be utterly confused, and disheartened at some point, especially if you are in the field full time.
- You can also expect to meet some inspirational people who will change the way you think forever and who will make a lasting impression about what it really means to be resilient, and to cope with adversity.
- If you like your creature comforts, be prepared to give them up for a while and I personally think the best approach is to have a wicked sense of humor.
- Make the assumption that your diet will be simple if not at some point disgusting, grin and bear it as your hosts will have spent a good portion of their income making thisamazing meal for you!
I have likened Senegal to one of my favourite childhood stories. Back in February after a flurry of jabs, and last minute preparation I followed the white rabbit into the rabbit hole to find myself in a land of real life mad hatter tea parties, ten minute greetings and handshakes with every person and running in water (at times) to get dry. My natural curiosity took me to this land and I am sure I have met the Cheshire Cat! This is a place I will never fully understand, but I have grown as a person and have met some lifelong friends as well as gained a real understanding of development work. Like Alice, at times it has been frustrating but the experience has been well worth it!
You ask – do I still want to work in this field? Even more! Thank you WWF!!!!!!