I have to apologize for the dire lack of posting over the last few weeks. I've been too busy with, um, stuff. Anyways, Saipan truely is paradise and words nor pictures can do it justice.
So, at first we were dealing with the trials of moving into a new place, then we hosted our first visitor, then I was hiding inside the apartment to keep my sun poisoning from getting worse. Then Easter...and, wow, it is the middle of April already. Time flies when you're working on your tan.
I should be starting my job this week. The first grant payment has been received by the Marianas Resource Conservation & Development Council, the non-profit that contracted me, and I am just waiting for them to give me my first payment. It should be today or tomorrow. The project begins as soon as I cash the check.
I'm really excited about this project. Basically, I'm going to be working to raise awareness and understanding of coral reef management issues in Saipan. There are several goals and deliverables, but they all pertain to raising awareness and getting the public more involved.
I heard about the job vacancy in December (yes, while I was trying to get a job teaching English in Japan), sent in a proposal in January (yes, after I had been hired by a small anonymous English school in Japan), and finalized my contract with the RC&D in March (yes, while I was trying to get my working visa in Japan). I know I gave up a lot leaving Japan, but I'm glad to be back in Saipan.
I am itching to get started.
Part of the grant calls for the development of a website to disseminate all information gathered or learned during the course of the project. I'm going to spend a lot of time creating a website with a traditional format, but I'm also putting together a project blog.
I already created the basic format and I've already made two posts. Please bookmark this new blog and/or add a link to it from your blog:
Hafa Adai, Welcome to Saipan!