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.