Field trip to Lebanon

Libanon - 1.10.2017 20:57

I was able to do my first field visit working with Medair at the end of this summer. I was really excited to meet with my colleagues in Lebanon, both the local staff as well as the expats I work with daily, supporting the field team from Medair HQ. I spent a week in the country, visiting Beirut and Zahle, working with the staff in the office and visiting the beneficiaries in the informal refugee settlements. I was also fortunate to do some outdoors activities and sightseeing during the weekend with my colleagues, who introduced me to the flavors, beauty and hospitality of Lebanon.

The field trip was a great boost for me, and I’m happy it was helpful and motivating for the field team as well. I feel it’s so important to have more personal relationships with the people I work with, and now I can understand the life and work in the field better. I was really encouraged to see how dedicated all our staff are, their compassion for the individuals who have had to leave everything behind and flee their home countries in state of conflict. I’m proud of the high quality of aid our teams deliver in Lebanon to bring hope and make a difference in this world, serving those most vulnerable and hard to reach.

Flying in to Beirut I <3 Beirut Beirut is beautiful (and safe) in the evening too! We found this beautiful café on top of a mountain near Tannourin Beautiful stone formations at the mountains. Great for bouldering! Our climbing crew representing different NGOs Beautiful rock for climbing, really got me into the sport again! Visiting vineyards in the Bekaa valley Wine barrels stored in underground caves where people used to take refuge I need to print this for HQ as well! Ensuring the shelter kits are distributed to the correct people Registering the distributions with thumb prints Shelter distributions to the families based on needs assesments I had the privilege to learn about distributions from our great distributions team

Hoi! from Liechtenstein

I hope I got the name right! They actually sell mugs with ten different ways to misspell the country.

It’s funny, I was in Hong Kong back in 2012 for an exchange semester (you’ll find posts about that in the blog too, in Finnish though). Became friends with the facilitator of the Christian small group I was attending at the Uni. A really cool guy. About a year ago, I would say, he came to visit me in Switzerland, as he came for a job interview at the same time. And here we are now, both living in Switzerland! He lives on the other side of the country, though, in St. Gallen. When Deborah was in Lebanon and Jordan for two weeks, I went to visit my friend in St Gallen for a weekend! He lives 10 minutes away from Liechtenstein, where he works now at the Hilti headquarters, so I was able to get to know another country as well! Basically I think Liechtenstein is an extension of Switzerland, though. That’s how it feels like. They use the Swiss Francs as currency, they have Swiss postal codes.. But they have their own license plates, Prince, castle and the flag, and their own words, like ”Hoi!”, which means ”Hello!”, and that’s funny because that’s also the word my Finnish grandma uses for greeting! Wonder who was first, my grandma or Liechtenstein..

Meeting with international friends' group in St Gallen The Princely House The picture I wasn't allowed to take...! Many museums to visit in Liechtenstein This is the neighborhood of Heidi, the famous children's story at the Alps Great football game between St Gallen and FC Sion!