First day at the office

So today I woke up bleary-eyed at 7am, rolled downstairs at the EWB house, stuck myself into the shower and ate some gnarly stale cereal with some excellent vanilla yoghurt. Welcome to the life of pre-departure training. We’re the 6 of us Fellows living in the EWB house, a property that EWB keeps for people in transition, like me. We’re sharing with some other National Office (NO) staff, like some of the summer Social Change Fellows.

Several succulent sessions ensued, and then a magnificent Ethiopian dinner. I’ve got some choice quotes to share that can give you a conception of how exciting and beautiful and silly-hearted our group can be, and the fun and frustration we are running up against already. Feel free to imagine the contexts, and enjoy.

“We get accountabilibuddies!”

“Ghana girls, AmsterDamn!”

“You have to know the When of your readers, when can they access it: immediately, is it delayed, or relayed through someone?”

“Poverty and happiness are not mutually exclusive.”

“Poverty is a lack of breweries”

“This exercise in ridonculous.”

“We should be investing in terrorists because they are the ones pushed so far to the edge of their existence that they feel so threatened they resort to violence in order to protect it.”

“Do we raise the floor or the ceiling when we’re doing development?”

“I am a people!”

“I’m a bit brain-achy.”

“There is a 100% chance you WILL be outside your comfort zone.”

“No one tells you how much they’re shitting their pants when they walk into that village for the first time.”

“You must allow authenticity to creep in.”

“So the failure in scale-up was through the out-sourcing of facilitation?”

“Why do they have hammerhead sharks on this street?”

“Do you know that this is a government tree?”

“Life sucks, get a helmet.”


About Janine Reid

What is Janine? -board game enthusiast -political observer -Vancouverite -questioner -listener -health provider
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2 Responses to First day at the office

  1. kaan says:

    I love it!

    I look forward to our tennis showdown upon your return. I may not know how to play but I will be all tuned up on darting around in the rain by January where as you may have been softend by the sun. J-Pup beware!

  2. Tessa Ryan says:

    Sounds like a great day!

    I hope you’re having a blast right now! Take care of yourself, can’t wait to hear all about your achievements and learning experiences when you return!


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