LIVING in a faraway country as a foreigner, one will feel the emptiness and lonesomeness that’s killing you inside.
You have whole new environment, new people, foods, and culture.
It might take time to overcome and familiarise with it, but once you are in it and it’s become part of you, you will surely don’t want to lose it.
That’s the short reflection by two Japanese volunteersTakanori Yamato, and Sayaka Oguri who have been serving the country for almost three years.
Mr Yamato, who has been serving at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services as Occupational Therapist at Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) department, said working with People with Disability (PWD) is a precious experience.
“I have been working along with the CBR department not only here in Honiara also in Makira Province,” he explained.
“Living is in the Solomon Islands is a whole new experience I will never forget. I have not only met new people but also made a lot of friends where I do not want to miss,
Mr Yamato added
“My work colleagues were so friendly and become just like family members.”
He added that one part of the Solomon Islands culture that he wants most is how the extended family affairs operated.
“Back in Japan people may feel unease or even uncertain about their future, but not here in the Solomon Islands.
“Family members lived together and if you faced up with problems, or need assistance, they are always there to assist.
“Now, I have no problem living here in the Solomon’s because I have many kind, friendly, and lovely people around me, than when I was first arrived here.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Oguri who has been serving as Community Development officer at the Guadalcanal Provincial Governments Malaria Division, said that working in Guadalcanal is an experience she’d been dreaming of, as it’s a Japanese historical war time battle ground.
“I am here and remember my brave heroes who lost their lives here. It’s a sad history that was written down in our hearts, but all we need is peace,” she said.
“Working with the community is a whole new experience in my life time especially here in the tropics.
“Tropical foods, and vegetables, and climate, were but a life I love to be surrounded with.
“I will surely Miss Sweet coconuts here.”
She added that when she was in the community; she learned how to bake food the traditional in way (Motu).
“I toured communities and learned to bake traditional foods in open oven. Foods were tasty, and I love eating bake taro and cabbage.”
Ms Oguri has been working on Malaria cases along with local nurses, testing and giving awareness and distributing bed nets, conducting workshops and capacity building training to staff.
Both Mr Yamato and Ms Oguri said that they will be missing lots of their friends whom they met over the course of their life here in the Solomons.
Their two years contract ends this year.
They will be leaving the country on the 11 January 2017.