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Nicole Lucier’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Location: Home, Canada

MapHello from Kelowna! Wow...here I am back at home already. Who would have thought that time could go so quickly! Thought I would wrap up this site with one final journal entry and a few more pictures (I have almost 1000 so I'll try and narrow it down! For those of you lucky enough to see me some time this year, I will try and bore you with a full showing of all 1000!). This experience...well, what can I say! I experienced every emotion, going there and coming home! At first, I just couldn't get the hang of it with all of the disorganization, lack of support, disrespect, etc. And then one day, it all changed. As a group (of some of the most amazing people I've ever met), we managed to rise above it all and carry out what we went there to do, help people. In the end, we made some significant changes in some of the lives we were lucky enough to touch. I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish! I was very sad to leave, I cried most of the way home, as I usually do when I've visited a place that I fall in love with. A part of my heart will always be in Tanzania.

The next steps:
First of all, I am trying to get rid of jet lag and to wrap my head around where I live. It's truly a culture shock to be back in the Western world.

Second, I am looking into setting up a charitable organization so that I can continue to support the Wisdom Education Centre Bahari Beach and Mama Rosie. Please let me know by email (nicole.lucier@hotmail.com) if you are interested in hearing more about this and I will keep you posted.

Third, I can't thank you enough for your financial and spiritual support. I almost let you down by giving up on Tanzania and coming home, when I thought I couldn't stay. I stuck it out a few more days and then I was able to see that I could help, and in a significant way. This trip would not have been a success without you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my journey. With over a thousand hits, I can see that you wanted to share my experience. I am glad for that. If any of you are considering volunteering in this way, don't ever heistate to contact me for some more insights...of course, there are alot of details that I had to omit due to time and internet constraints...there is always more to the story. I would encourage you to make it happen if this is something that you are interested in...it will be time and money well spent.

Hoping to hear from you all now that I'm back, either by phone or email. Thank you again for all you've done to support me. I love you all dearly and you are truly special to me. With warm wishes and thanks, Nicole