3rd Entry - July 26

Posted by andre at Jul 29, 2013 05:05 PM |
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With only one week left in my internship, I can say this has been an interesting experience. I have had the opportunity to be a part of various programmes, with projects in different stages of development. I spent much of my last month finishing up an improved draft on Sustainable Financing Mechanisms for Water and Wastewater Treatment Projects.

I’ve continued my work with the GEF CReW project as well, meeting regularly with Donna Sue about presentation formats and style for the conference in October. This has provided me with the opportunity to substantially improve my Prezi skills and experience. 

I have also had the opportunity to participate in a long day of field-site visits. We traveled to Negril, where we saw sea-grass installation beds, Shore-lock beach erosion prevention sites, and the graduation of a group of trained beekeepers. Though, like many site visits with large groups, this trip run far off schedule, the places visited and the people met were worth the 8+ hours on a bus. 

As with previous months, this one was also full of fun Jamaica adventures, including waterfall jumping, SCUBA diving, and buses as hot as saunas. 

Last but not least, let me extend my warmest gratitude to all my friends and coworkers here at UNEP and Jamaica as a whole. It was been a great time, and I hope to stay in touch with as many of you as possible. 

Challenges Faced
Being patient with schedules that are run on Jamaica (Island) time, and continually trying  to weather the weather. 

Lessons Learnt
Don’t be afraid to ask. Always travel with water. And never stop exploring. Oh yes, and of course three months worth of skills and knowledge from working with a wonderful group of welcoming and amiable people.