Moving Forward: On to the Next Adventure

Moving Forward: On to the Next Adventure

My adventure in Saint Lucia has come to an end and I have to admit that it is bittersweet. I have met many of wonderful people that have become close family and friends; enjoyed the amazing local cuisine; and simply loved the beautiful island and island culture.

I had a great experience working with the Ministry of Health and engaging with the community. My time with the MOH is invaluable and I encourage other people to consider working abroad as well. Every day I learned about a new inspiration through the exchange of ideas and creative innovations to be the best person I could be while working or simply living my life. Not only have I become a better person, I like to believe that CPU and I have gained momentum to continue to push forward throughout the trails and tribulations of working in Public Health and to employ the different technical skills we have learned from each other.

I have to say the most important skill that I developed during my time working with the MOH is global health diplomacy. As a result, my skills in capacity building, negotiation, and systems thinking have improved. The art and practice of negotiating with stakeholders and supervisors/coworkers during this placement has challenged my ability to be flexible in modifying project methodologies, to adapt implementation technologies, and to strengthen my understanding of what it means to be a consultant under contract. Understanding the dynamic relationships between the public health system and the social system in relation to healthcare delivery, and my role in it all, has been an important aspect in learning how to navigate the political environment. These are very valuable lessons learned that will continue to improve my skills as a global health professional.

Now that the time is near for me to graduate with my Master of Public Health, I am more confident in my skills as a public health practitioner… Finding a job that I thoroughly enjoy will be the issue. In the end, I made a plan, I found my path, and I believe as long as I keep the courage to press on, I will arrive to my destination—wherever that may be.

Who knows, I might end up back in Saint Lucia with the Ministry of Health.

Thank you for joining me on this mini-adventure. I wonder where we will end up next!

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.
-Earl Nightingale

*Ubuntu Krystal*

Saint Lucia’s Yummy Cuisine! (Warning Image Heavy)

–This post is dedicated to my dear friend Ja’Nay. I do not know a person who loves a delicious meal with great company than her. Here’s until the next time we can travel and enjoy yummy meals together!–

There isn’t much to say about the food here in Saint Lucia other than it is delicious! Before you run out and order everything, it is important to understand what the staple food is and how to cook it (boil it)–Ground Provisions.

Staple with every meal

Now that you understand what you will see served on your plate or in the market, it is time to set your taste buds free! You can buy groceries in the market or in the grocery store. You also have the choice of growing your own at home (which I highly recommend).

There are many things you run across when looking for food or reading food magazines. For instance, I learned how to properly cut a mango, how the lionfish is being thrown on restaurant menus to control its invasive population, and most importantly for the frisky people, you can even buy condoms with your meal.

OR if you are lazy, you will end up with some western fast food or a bowl of oatmeal.

But for the bold, the hungry, and the brave, you can unleash your inner greed (in moderation) to feast on the local delicacies. The best thing for me to do is to showcase the variety of meals I have enjoyed since being here.

–you might need a napkin to swab your drool.–

When I leave, I will miss the food the most… (then all the beautiful people!)

*Ubuntu Krystal*