Professional Fellows Exchange Program
It feels like home in a foreign land
16 October 2015 |
Subic Bay Philippines,
Elizabeth River Project,
For almost two weeks now in a foreign country, miles and oceans away from homeland for the YSEALI fellowship program I know most of the fellows in one way or another missed something from our respective homelands. As we walk and roam around the streets in our host community we have the sense of looking for something that will give us the feeling that we are not actually far from our home. Here are the lists of some things that make me feel I am home even a foreign land.
Groupie posed with the nice people from Norfolk City hall and Slover library.
With Dr. Fred Dobbs from Old Dominion University who happily answered all our questions about ballast water management
Groupie with Robin who was so welcoming and hospitable to us
With Sierra who picked us up from the bus station and baked cookies for us! So thoughtful and sweet!
With our host the Deputy Director of Elizabeth River Project,Mr. Joe Rieger and Ms. Denise Thomsom from Norfolk City hall! We are so thankful for both of them who accepted and say yes to have us!
Virginia Beach facing the Atlantic Ocean
Flowers are everywhere!
Planting and conservation activity with Elizabeth River Project staff named KC and Mike.
Opting to be green and eco-friendly for sustainability with having LEED certified buildings, greenest vessel in the wolrd and having awards for environmental conservation
Trees along the rivers and waterways
Yellow colored leaves that signals autumn!
General Douglas MacArthur was one of the famous heroes that we have in our Philippines history and his famous line "I shall return". He lead the US troops and liberated the Philippines from Japanese during the World War II.
Being a YSEALI Professional fellow not just open us to a lot of learning experiences and new discoveries but will also teach us that we are in some way or another share many things and are alike in many ways. Nothing to worry or need not to be afraid to stay away from home and spent weeks in a foreign land with strangers for along the way we will see and realize that are not different at all afterall “we share the same sky and look up to the same moon and stars”. WE ARE ONE and together with one goal we can make sustainable societies and help each other to become the best leaders in our country!
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