So I’m starting to feel more settled and I am almost ready to start work. Now is the time to really start building some connections.
I have been blessed to have arrived in the country with a really diverse and skilled group of people. Over the past few days I have been able to learn about their experiences and what it is that they will be doing while they are here. Tonight I got to expand those networks even more by meeting most of the other VSO volunteers who are active in the city. The great thing is that there are a few people that I will be able to work very closely with. Either they have a job that is related to mine or they have similar passions and are willing to work to meet some common goals.
Now the next big step will be developing these types of connections with community members. This will naturally occur when I start my job but I was fortunate enough to receive a really useful tip before I left home. There is a woman who is well respected here for doing some really great work in marginalized communities and I hope that I will have a chance to meet her.
So tomorrow I am going to see if I can find out more about her. That may mean checking in with some of the local churches or organizations. Maybe even just asking around the market and see if anyone knows how to get in touch with her. This will require a delicate balance because I am still trying to stay as low key as possible for the time being. This is because I really don’t know what it is that is expected from me by the youth organization and how that will impact my relationships with the community. Still, I am going to see what information I can find out just through some casual conversations. I hope that this will lay the ground work for some future connections.