VSO and me

In the next six months or so, I’m going to trade London and my job as a policy assistant with the Church Commissioners for the life of a VSO volunteer. I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t know what I’ll be doing. I’ve received my medical clearance though so that’s a plus. I haven’t had…

Welcome to Adventuring with Fi

And we’ve moved. I couldn’t stand blog.com anymore and while I am very sad to be leaving my lovely onceuponatime blog, I need more integration, features and compatability. WordPress seemed the way forward (for someone who wants it to be super easy as well). So here’s what I’ve done – I’ve moved across all the…

Fears

[These series of posts were written in February, prior to my VSO assessment day and lead on nicely from yesterday’s panic. I have some answers, and more information in some cases now.] Anyone reading my big blue book would be greatly amused by the mix of minutes, event plans, very personal letters never posted and…

Resources

Money: I will have no income for a year and I currently have a wee bit of debt. I need to clear the debt and have a bit in savings before I go. This should be manageable [29/04/09 – particularly if I keep to my new budget]. Accommodation & Costs: VSO sort the difficult bits…

People

Family: I already live 12,000 miles away from my family but that’s made bearable by Skype, email and text messages. It might be more difficult in a developing country but I have coped for 2 and a half years. Friends: Leaving my London friends (who provide proxy family support) will be difficult. I guess I’m also…

Medical Issues

I’m a walking medical disaster at times – as I write this my hands are killing me and I keep coughing from the silly cold I picked up last week [29/04/09 – which turned out to be a nasty virus that kept me sick for quite a while]. I’m not prime meat for a year…

Relationships

Despite being in a country where people don’t get married quite so young, I constantly feel like I should follow the Kiwi trend of marrying and settling down. It’s not what I want right now or what I feel like God’s got in store for me over the next year or two but I still…

Challenges, problems in NZ, and returning to London

I love challenges, I thrive on the adrenaline and get excited by the possibilities. A year in a development country, though, takes challenge to a new level. I was reading the blog of an RV (returned volunteer) today and she talks about being in Pakistan during a State of Emergency in 2007. I looked at…

Scared

Leaving the UK with VSO scares me. I am scared to pick up my life, again, and start afresh somewhere new, again. I am scared of the challenges a year in a new place brings. I am scared of the organising and all the forms that need filling in. I am scared that I’m actually…

Friday 20 March 2009

Great Heart The title comes from Johnny Clegg’s song of the same name – it’s what I’m listening to. Tonight is my last in London, indeed in the UK, for a month. A whole month. I was panicked this afternoon – so much to get done, so little time – but the panic has faded…

Tuesday 17 March 2009

VSO catch-up – Part 1 [Written 02-03-09] I’ve spent the last hour or so working on my CV for VSO and it’s been so weird. Cherry-picking the appropriate bits for specific job applications is hard enough but cherry-picking for a non-specific placement overseas is a nightmare and as I have experience in some very weird…

Sunday 15 March 2009

Pain [17-03-09 Written on Sunday – much better now] I’m in a wee bit of pain this evening, and was going to spend the next 15mins ranting about it, but I have this idea it might get a boring. Imagine me going “pain . . . hurts . . . whine whine . . ….