Belize Life and Work Winding Down for Holidays

Hello again. It has been about 2 months since my last blog although I was hoping to write something earlier. The delay has been caused by a mixture of work and distractions that Belize seems to have an endless supply of. The past couple of months have been a combination of continued work, site seeing, meeting new people and much more. Detailing all my excursions and events would be difficult endeavour, so I hope to share in the next few paragraphs the more interesting and relevant occasions of the past few months.

My role and responsibilities at BFLA are much clearer now, and I am able to come into work with an understanding of what is expected of me. The specific jobs and tasks I have been working on have for the most part have been mentioned in my previous blog posts. The accounting department has undergone a transition in the past few months due to a new accounting system developed and implemented by International Planned Parenthood Federation. In some ways this has made my job easier as the accounting system is much more efficient. However, like any new system there were issues and problems that arose once the system was fully functional and implemented. Dealing with a newly automated accounting system and trying to find and solve the issues was a new experience that I enjoyed working on.

The weather has continued to be great here, with only a couple rainy days spread throughout. I was lucky enough to visit Placenia, a town by the beach, for the second time and also see Caye Caulker island in early November while my Dad came down to visit. A couple of weeks ago I also visited a Mayan Ruin called Altun Ha, which is located about an hour from Belize City. Myself and Avneet were given a tour by a knowledgeable guide, and we were allowed to climb the largest temple which was about 200 feet high.

For the past of couple of weeks I have attended a couple World AIDS Day events and activities. It was interesting to be in a television studio as they aired live an episode of BIGG CHATZ. BIGG CHATZ is TV series run by BFLA that interviews professionals in the field of sexual reproductive health. The show is very informative as it focuses on educating the public while also reminding them of events going on within the community such as free HIV testing. Through my experience at the studio and the San Pedro World AIDS Day Walk and Fair I was able to write an article regarding the current situation of AIDS in Belize.

This is the last week of work for BFLA staff, as starting this weekend we will be on holidays until Janauary 6th.  I plan to write another blog near the end of January that will summarize the whole experience and acknowledge some of the great people working at BFLA.

Brian Kastelic

Brian Kastelic
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