Hello my name is Nicole Secker, and I have made my home in Halifax, NS since starting, my now completed, studies in International development at Saint Mary’s University in 2011. I’m an IYIP intern with Chalice going to Bolivia as a Community Facilitator with Levántate Mujer Foundation.
Enthusiastic, Fearful, Stressed, Tired, Energetic, Brain Dead, Engaged, Anxious, Excited! In the past few weeks, since learning that I got the IYIP internship with Chalice going to Bolivia, I have been making a lot of lists. Packing lists, medication and injection lists, receipt lists, research lists, you name it and I have listed it. So above is a list of the string of confusing, befuddling, and intertwined- see there I go listing again- emotions that come with trying to prepare for the amazing opportunity of traveling overseas. Emotions that…were all made sense of… and then torn apart again, during an intense week of ACIC pre- departure training in Tatamagouche, NS.
The pre-departure training felt a lot like camp… a camp mixed with a few emotionally intense university courses. We had training sessions focused on a range of topics from power and oppression to cross
- 20 some Amazing new friends/colleagues
- The realization that I need to self-reflect more
- The opportunity to set realistic goals and focus my career
- The lenses and tools to be an interculturally effective person or at least work on becoming one
- And a couple extra pounds…
I will be back after a few months, and several more lists, here on the ACIC blog. I’m also writing my own blog during my time in Bolivia which should be up running by the time I arrive there in two weeks.