Peace Out!

What would you bring if you were stranded on an island? Of course when you are a smart little kid you say “a boat” or a “a phone” so that you can leave the island. But now I am 23 and voluntarily headed to Guyana for 27 months and I am forced to ask myself, “what do I bring with me that will fit in two suitcases, that will not weigh more than 100lbs combined?”

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Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time collecting all of the items I need to bring with me to Guyana. Everything from conservative clothing, to hand sanitizer, to inflatable solar lanterns. I think it is safe to say I have everything I need. The hardest part was fitting everything in my limited bags. I am only allowed two suitcases to check, each with a maximum weight of 50lbs, and one carry on bag that cannot weigh over 22lbs (based on Caribbean airline rules). I am also required to be able to carry all of my luggage on my own so thankfully one of my carry on bags turns into a backpack, especially with all the traveling on the first day.

So tomorrow is the day! I fly out at 8am in Seattle and head to Philadelphia. All the volunteers going to Guyana are meeting at a hotel in Philly and will be there for the night. Monday, 6/11, we have meetings from 9am to 6pm.  6pm we take a bus to JFK airport and fly out at 530am on Tuesday morning. Our flight is 5.5hrs long straight to Georgetown, Guyana. Then it is a 2hr bus ride, a 1.5hr ferry ride, and finally a 1hr bus ride to our final destination. We will be in the capitol for the first three months doing extensive training and living with a host family. Then we swear in and spend the next two years in our own little town and a new host family working in a local school and clinic.

Overall, I am super excited to finally get going! These last couple days have been amazing with all my friends and family and I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing and supportive people. Even being so far away I know I have a huge family behind me and supporting me through whatever life throws at me. I hope to keep in contact with as many people as possible and at least post a blog about what is going on in my life. I know my address for the first three months if anyone is interested in sending me mail but my next host family address will be posted later.

(Elizabeth Quick, GUY 31)

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“How lucky am I to have friends like you that make saying goodbye so hard”

Finally, thank you to everyone who took the time to say good bye. I am really glad I was able to see so many of you before I left! I promise I will not forget about any of you! I think 27 months will go by faster than expected and I know everyone will be off doing their own amazing things!

It is not goodbye, but see you later!

I love you all!

PEACE OUT!

-Liz

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  1. Bridget Lawrence says:

    We live you Liz and miss you already ! Wishing you all the best.
    Aunt Bridget and family.

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