2nd Entry

Posted by pbrown at Apr 03, 2013 05:40 PM |
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The internship at CEP is proving to be even more interesting than I thought; the working environment is really peaceful and there’s always something interesting to do. I’m learning many useful things, improving my skills and understanding the real meaning of working in an international organization.

 I am currently working on a joint project with the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean

(REMPEITC) on ship-generated waste and port reception facilities, which will be one of the main topics of my M.A. thesis. There is not a lot of data available regarding waste reaching the Caribbean ports, especially those in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The purpose of my research is to figure out possible solutions to this problem.

 Last week, in commemoration of World Water Day and World Meteorological Day, my colleagues and I spent the day at Devon House to promote UNEP CEP, and raise public awareness about the organisation’s mission. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, spend time out of the office and mingle with other NGOs and associations active in the field.

 Time is going so fast, I’ve met a lot of interesting people and I am having a great time here in Jamaica. Kingston is a nice place and there are many beautiful places worth discovering, only one hour’s drive away.March is almost over and I can’t believe that there’s only one more month to go. I already know I will miss this place, the office and all the people I’ve met.

 Challenges faced: To optimize time, prioritize tasks and find the best way to organize the day is sometimes challenging. I need to find a better and more efficient way to do what I do.

 Lessons learned: The functioning of the organization is not as mysterious as it was before. Jamaica makes me feel happy.