"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." - T. S. Eliot

The people I will be going to Senegal with plus our desk officer. My partner is on the far right.
I was often told that training would be intense - 'You'll learn everything you need to know in a small amount of time'. I must admit, this was an understatement. By the end of the week I was physically and mentally drained. The mix between being given information, preparing us for all obstacles and lack of sleep really took a toll on me; however, all aspects of training was clearly needed. 

I didn't make it to the beach, but the others are clearly enjoying
the new jumpers!
Before the Ferry back to mainland

The final evening

I'm sure this is the same for most volunteers, but a week of training really helps you realise that this is really happening. You are really going away for a year. No mummy to call when you forget your key, no best friend to help you make an instant decision, just you and your new found independence. Training has helped me find a healthy balance between being ready for anything, being scared and being excited. I feel like this year will be a life changing experience where I will really learn who I am and who exactly I want to be. I've still got another week of  IT training with my partner soon then it's all up to us. This is our year!

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