While in Belize I made some amazing friends and Lyndsey aka Slimsey is one of them.
She arrived as a volunteer about a month after me and her first few weeks were fairly hard. Not only did she have to deal with the usual settling in stuff but she also had a rather uncomfortable home situation.
I know from past experience how being unhappy with your accommodation situation can really affect your time as a volunteer. Lyndsey handled the situation really well and was able to virtually singlehandedly find herself a new place to live. Finding accomodation is hard enough when you are familiar with your settings; trying to find a new place to live in a country that is new to you can be tough. The fact that Lyndsey was able to sort this out within less than a month of her being in Belize is proof of how strong a person she is.
Once her home life was settled her work situation became a problem. She stuck it out for as long as she could but it was evident that the situation was wearing her down. Not be deterred she set about finding herself another placement. 3 months into her 6 month placement Lyndsey, and almost a week after I had left, Lyndsey began a whole new placement at The National Council on Ageing (where I had done my placement).
While there she has done some fantastic work – and I wish she had a blog so she could let all know what she has been upto. I know for sure she completed a booklet on Older Persons and Health. The booklet and her work was well received; she even featured on Belize National News!
During my time in Belize; Lyndsey became one of my good friends. She was always there for me. She was one of the best partying buddies. We shared the same fear of dogs and the same views on short men.
We didn’t just get together to party though. We worked together on other extra volunteer activities inlcuding the Aids Week. We also began steps towards helping Ms Emily with her homework club. When I left they were just about to re-launch it and from what I have heard Lyndsey played a big part in getting the club restarted in the New Year.
She is sad to be leaving Belize. After 6 months there I can only imagine how she must be feeling. I am sure the friends she has made are also sad to see her go. I know she will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of meeting her. She will leave behind some good work though and I must admit I am kinda happy that she is coming back to the UK.
Slimsey…you have done yourself and all of us proud. Being a volunteer is not easy yet you have carried yourself through this with such courage and confidence. I am glad I got to meet you. You have been an inspiration and a great friend.