Getting ready to go!
12.10.2009 32 °F
Today is the beginning of hopefully a great adventure in my life and also with this blog. I have never done this before and still have to learn a lot to make it fun and meaningful for all who want to share and know about my work and adventures in Cambodia.
Since January of 2009 I knew that my professional leave application was approved! It is quite exciting to get a year to renew and redirect one's career, while getting part of my regular salary! The academic year 2009/2010 is my sabbatical year. In the fall I was supposed to finish an article for publication, and the Winter and Spring quarters I will spend in Cambodia, working at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, mentoring and coaching a newly Cambodian faculty, who all received their MSW's from the University of Washington, and now teach at the one year old School of Social Work.
This fall quarter I did make a start with writing an article on 'Dignity: Core value in social work and human rights', which I hoped to have finished, but I discovered that the concept is very contested and it is much more complicated to write about then I thought. I came a long way studying the topic and making notes, but the more I thought I understood it, the more questions were raised. I will continue to work on it, and if anyone has good sources or points of view, let me know.
In the beginning of November, I realized that it is work to get ready to go on a trip! All who have done this before know! One has to make choices about which immunizations to get, consult with travel nurses and doctors about malaria prevention, choose/ buy summer clothes that are appropriate both to the culture and the climate, sublet an apartment in Phnom Penh, study and consult about how to be a helpful mentor and coach, put all my teaching documents on thumb drives, get a new computer and camera, learn how to use all that new equipment, including learning to blog etc!
Of course then there are social events, visits and coffee/tea/wine with friends to start saying my good-bye's.
It is hard to believe that I will be leaving in 6 days!
This photo is the winter view from our new cabin, Chateau Blue Duck, with co-owners Sheila, John and Janet.
This was taken at Starvation Lake in WA, outside of Colville, when Andy, Anneke and Vincent were home for Thanksgiving.