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September 30 The beginning
October 1 Paris
October 2 Conakry
October 3 Freetown
October 4 Briefing
October 5 Laurent & Me
October 6 The field
October 7 Nearly in Charge
October 8 The phone
October 10 No Generator
October 11 My Life
October 14 How much Missing?
October 19 My Informants
October 22 Always do it yourself
October 27 Why an Evaluation?
November 9 The Donors
November 20 R&R was great!
November 21 Is this me?
November 27 No Project !!!
December 3 The Beach
December 10 The Office
December 17 Club Med
December 24 Tuscan Rendering
December 30 Sienna Cream
January 7 It's Personal
January 14 Caring!!
January 21 Getting to know You
January 28 Need Assesments
February 5 Closer
February 12 Police Harassment
February 22 Beyond Borders
March 1 Obsession
March 8 It's Time (nearly)
March 10 Radio Silence
March 18 Represntation
March 31 Assessments
April 10 Re-Assessment
April 20 Security Matters
April 30 You can never have too much!!
May 6 The Strong Leader
May 14 The Times They are a Changing
May 25 Richard the Third head of mission
June 2 Learning Opportunity
June 10 Indecent Proposal
June 13 The Handover
June 14 Evaluation Time
June 17 Debt, Drugs and Pot Plants
June 17 In Transit
June 24 Home Alone
June 29 Knowing Me Knowing You aha!
July 1 THE END

["He only had a few minutes to talk to me, he told me about the importance of humanitarian access and I really started to think about it, and realise how important it was."]

Friday October 1st

5:30 am: The sun is coming up on a beautiful day, I have just arrived at Charles De Gaulle Airport and now have to catch the bus then get on the metro to Bastille where the Hope International offices are. My briefing starts at 11:00am so I have plenty of time to get there.

10:55 am: Just made it to the office in time, I got pretty confused  on the metro but I'm here now. I am going to meet my human resources contact Dominique and then she will give me my briefing schedule.

11:05 am: I have met with Dominique, signed all my contracts and now have my identification card from Hope and two T-Shirts, it was pretty quick. I didn't really have time to read my contract or the insurance policy (they were in French as well) but I'm sure its cool with these guys. I don't have a bank account in Europe so they said it is going to be a bit tough to get paid my volunteer salary unless I start an account here. They said I can pick up my salary as an advance when I go on leave or come back through Paris.

Dominique said that its a really busy week, with a new round of fighting in the Congo and a flood in Asia, so I won't be able to see a lot of people for my briefing only the Humanitarian affairs officer and the logistics department who have some stuff for me to take to Freetown. Then she said at 11:45 pm tonight I will leave to Conakry in Guinea and then to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Everything is happening so quick now.

2:00 pm: On Friday in France apparently most people go home early because of the 35 hr working week at 2:30pm. I met with the Humanitarian affairs officer Pierre he hadn't been to Sierra Leone but knew a lot about the place. He only had a few minutes to talk to me, he told me about the importance of humanitarian access and I really started to think about it, and realise how important it was. He gave me some really interesting reports and articles to read. There is heaps to read but he said to give them back by the end of the day as I shouldn't copy them or take them into Sierra Leone because some of the information is a bit sensitive. One of the reports was in English, and was really interesting, so I guess I better go and give it back before the office closes. I got some boxes from the logistics department to take to Freetown a bit cumbersome but its all for a good cause.

11:50pm: We are just taxiing now to fly to Conakry on Air France AF817, I had to pay Euro 523 in total for the excess for the boxes from logistics. I explained that I was from Hope International but they still said I had to pay, I guess some people just don't realise the kind of life saving humanitarian work Hope is doing. I couldn't get that much out of the ATM so I had to use my money from my wallet and my security money.  I had just bought a whole lot of stuff for the team in Freetown and my project. I bought some magazines, chocolate and cheese and wine.  I guess I better get some sleep I haven't really slept now for 48 hrs and it was a pretty tiring day with the briefing and trying to process all that information.




Dave (me)  Claudia

 Angelina   Ricardo  

 Claude      Christian

 Jen             Petra

 Bono          Dick

  Anne         Peter

 Veronique   Richard