LiA Weekly Reflection 3 (28 June - 4 July 2022)

What went well?

The progress I made; what was achieved and done

For this week, I have been staying at the office working on my report after experiencing the field in Kedougou, Saraya, and Koungheul for the past two weeks. Glad that I took a lot of photos and videos, whereas I am am able to recognise the names of the villages. Everything is on the schedule.

What could have been done differently?

Things that did not get done and/or could be changed

Probably enhance my memory a bit as I cannot recognise and call the names of every colleague both at the regional office at Tambacounda and base at Kedougou

What did I learn about myself when working with others?

Contributions, behaviours and values I exhibited

Be proactive in using the local language and do not reject offers (it is a custom to accept). Do not be shy when trying to recite phrases in French and Wolof; attempts are always welcome, just extend the olive branch

What did I learn about leadership?

Leadership attributes and insights I developed

Leadership is about how to inspire others. That was what I thought when I attempted new things. In the eyes of local people, it is itself inspiring for somebody who came afar, with little to no prior background in French or Wolof, to use the language in daily conversations.

What do I want to develop or focus on next?

What I still need to develop

Probably some courage with encountering local people I do not know and trying new food, perhaps also bargaining at the market (that is part and parcel of Senegalese life)