I have not yet fully integrated into my new workplace. The past two weeks have seen me fall back into the familiar role of observer here at the Jamaican National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). I have been assigned to the Policy and Planning Division, but my work station is located amidst members of the Ecosystems and Air Quality divisions- contributing to my feeling of being somewhat out of place. Nevertheless, work continues at a normal pace.
A week ago, I had the opportunity to accompany NEPA’s Public Education Branch on one of their excursions. I gladly accepted the invitation and spent a day in lovely Ocho Rios at an environmental awareness exposition.
Work continues at NEPA with the continuous update of draft guideline documents for the Wastewater and Sludge Regulations (2012). For the past few weeks, new developments have made the revisions easier: The regulations have now been approved by the Chief Executive Officer of NEPA, and the original Word documents of the two guideline documents have been made available for direct revision. Working on the guideline documents for an evolving piece of legislation had been a challenge.
My internship at NEPA has already ended as I write this post. In-fact, I am typing this out in the terminal of Norman Manley International as I wait for my flight off of the island. A late night rush to pack, short sleep and an early morning taxi ride around Kingston Harbour and down the thin line of the Palisadoes and my internship is now the past. I look out at the city, removed from me by the peaceful harbor, and the dawn light is dusk as well.