So I’ve arrived in Léogâne and have been settling in to my new life. The house I’m living in also doubles as my office so my commute is nice and short. But I’ll also spend a large chunk of my time in the mountains where I will oversee a latrine building project. On days when I work in the mountains I’ll be driven to the base of the mountain. Once the car cannot go any further I’ll hike the rest of the way to reach the mountain villages.
I will not go to the mountain villages for the next few days so I wanted to start by showing where I live. I live in a large villa-style building spread over two floors. It currently has 7 expatriate staff living here but there is room for much more. The bedrooms are a mixture of twin rooms and larger dorm rooms. Most of the expat staff live in the smaller rooms and the dorm rooms are for groups who come to visit from time to time.
I live in a twin room on the ground floor, which I share with another intern. This is my bed along with my mosquito net which I sleep under every night. It’s pretty warm to sleep under but worth it because it protects me from malaria. I also put some pictures up of family and friends to decorate.
I store all my belongings in this wicker shelving unit. These are used all around the building for storing cutlery, plates and food.
This is painted on the wall facing my bed, it was painted by another intern. It helps to brighten up the place. Also pictured is the fan which I use during the night to cool down.
Above is the bathroom, it’s pretty standard. We just have to be careful with the plumbing and sometimes the water can switch off.
This is the kitchen where our cook Jolina prepares breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is usually a roll and egg with some fruit and dinner consists of spaghetti, rice or potatoes with vegetables. In the evenings we reheat food and on the weekends we cook our own food.
The office. I do not have a permanent desk yet so I share the wooden desk at the back of the room.
Our garden, with the generator pictured in the back.
This is one of the seating areas on the first floor.
Above and below are pictures of our balcony where we eat lunch. It’s a nice place to sit but usually the weather is too warm during the day to sit for too long.