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2012

Reviewing a year full of transition...
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Kimberly Lipscombe

on 1 January 2014

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A Year in Transition...
Kimberly's 2012
Winter in South Korea
On to 2013...
- January: I taught at a Winter English Camp
(cold and long hours, but good experience),
celebrated Lunar New Years with friends and
WWOOFed (volunteered) on Jeju Island

- February: Back in Busan I self-studied Korean and
had adventures with my Korean roommate

- March: I travelled Japan + Korea with my sister

(See: Korea1112.blogspot.com for pics)
Where, you say? Vanderhoof is a small town in the geographical centre of British Columbia. I was hired as a replacement Project Leader for a national program called Katimavik, which means I lived/worked 6-days/week in a house with ten 17-21 year-olds. It was character-building for sure!
In April, I shaved my head to donate 12 inches to the Cancer Society. May, I took a quick trip to Guatemala for CISV training (see: Summer). June I managed to accidentally end up in hospital with severe poisoning from what was supposed to be an edible plant - and this while chaperoning the youth's trip to Smithers!
Spring in Vanderhoof
July: I signed up to be one of five staff at a CISV (international youth organization) Seminar Camp in Victoria, BC. We lived/ worked 24/7 with 30 youth from around the world facilitating daily tasks and leadership-style activities.
August: Other than one interview and a tonne of job applications, I took the month to myself, to visit friends and family in Victoria, Nelson, Kelowna, and Summerland. Several camping trips saw me backpacking on the coast of Vancouver Island, biking up the Slocan Valley, and exploring a park in the Valhalla mountain range.
Summer in many places
A new job with BC Hydro moved me up North again, this time to Prince George, a city of about 80 000 people. I enjoyed settling into this new place and soon got a routine of going to the fitness classes and volunteering at the YMCA and sharing meals with the few people I know in town. I enjoyed riding my bike until the snow caused me to buy my first car.
I loved my job as Community Outreach Representative with BC Hydro. My Team Leader, Laura and I had many an adventure while setting up in public places and at community events in Prince George and towns as far as Prince Rupert to educate the public on energy conservation.
Unfortunately, my last two days at work were spent in the hospital where I ended up needing emergency abdominal surgery to remove a large cyst. The procedure went well and I spent time recovering while enjoying Christmas with family.
Fall in Prince George
I'm extremely excited for a fresh start in this new year. I have been offered two positions at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society where I had been volunteering. I will be working 20+ hours/week as the Youth Leadership Program Coordinator (facilitating workshops and activities for immigrant youth) and 20+ hours/ week as the Level 4/5 instructor in the ELSA (English Language Services for Adults) program. I'll also be volunteering with Search and Rescue. After all the transition in 2012, I'm looking forward to staying in one place for a while!
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