ah yes, the question of the decade for me right now…
I am trying to map out my five year trajectory, and my plan A has hit a snag… I am torn between trying to spend a year in Spain or a year in My (ahem) Native Land, Sierra Leone.
Each place offers some interesting and attractive possibilities, each also has its own set of possible obstacles, each would affect me career wise in different ways. I took a poll amongst my dear college friends and Spain won hands down, with one undecided… lol… I don’t know if people were telling me where they would rather visit or what, but I am still hopelessly torn between the two 😦
I don’t want to go into all the specifics/logistics of my plans but the gist is this
Spain- would give me the chance to Speak Spanish and get it back on track, as well as speak, lots and lots of Arabic. I Love Barcelona, or at least I think I still do. I could work with the Sub-Saharan African Muslim community, which in Europe people tend to just ignore as well as the Arab Muslim community which gets a shalacking all the time.
But Sierra Leone is where the mind-set is long-term. I could work with the Lebanese Sierra Leonean community, which there is much on in terms of studies and such, and i could get a better understanding (personal, first-hand) of the feasibility for more long-term projects.
I don’t know, I don’t know I don’t know!
One of my dear friends said that the thing I would probably dislike the most was the way that things are run, then again, Spain isn’t a prime of example of efficiency either. My other main concern is health, not so much malaria and such, but allergies and asthma, as I know of people who have died of attacks while on vacation in Sierra Leone/after repatriation.
Sierra Leone, interestingly enough would probably be a little easier to get funding for, but I am scared to think about what would happen to my Spanish. Then again, I could always teach it while in Sierra Leone (ha! ha! —- like there is such a big market for Spanish there…. well I could create it… ;-/)
Like I said up top, both are potentially life-changing/transformational… both in their own way are much the familiar mixed with being a gigantically broad and new frontier.
So yes, here I am terribly confused and confusingly undecided…. what do you think?