|This is my last day in Cameroon. I have already left Bamenda which became my home for the last two months. I have spent the last week handing over to the new volunteer who is taking over from me. It was kind of strange to take a step back and stop working and hand over the Project to someone else. However, I didn't find it as hard as I thought I would and really feel that my colleagues Mary and Clotilda own the Project as much as I did. It was strange to wind down though and feel like my time was coming to an end.
I had a wonderful leaving do from my employers YOP where they provided my with lovely food and drink and everyone said lovely things about me (literally everyone was asked to give me feedback – I was lucky that there were only a couple of negative things).
The last few days I have been staying with other volunteer friends back in Yaounde the capital. They have a small daughter and a very different lifestyle from the volunteers in Bamenda. It has hopefully eased my culture shock that I will surely feel when arriving home – as I have been traveling round in their big 4x4 and yesterday we spent that afternoon at an outdoor pool under palm trees!
I am sad that my time in Cameroon is coming to an end, of course I will be very happy to see loved ones but I have had a wonderful experience from so many different perspectives, I have met wonderful people and made very good friends, had my prejudices and assumptions questioned and slapped in my face, become more patient and relaxed, been professionally challenged and my eyes opened. I would love to volunteer again and will hopefully be back some time not too far away. I would recommend it to anyone considering it.