I am applying to be a community economicdevelopment facilitator in the peace corp. I will be assigned to a community inTimor-leste east of Indonesia. Where I will be assigned a group of one or morework partners. I will be training and advising the community in businessplanning. Due to the economic limitations I will have to restructure developand implement an effective system.
This system will help teach locals to manageincome and expenses to help stabilize the villages economy. I will have a greatopportunity to teach management skills to others. Theorganization will operate under distinctly different cultural norms than whichI am accustomed. These cultural differences may require me to learn to adapt tothe behavior of host country nationals at work and change my behavior to builda respectful relationship. As a result, myposition will not look similar toworkplaces I am familiar with and may be challenging to navigate.
I am aware how most cultures are structuredbut I may have to use the library and cultural center to heighten my knowledgeof the environment I will be going to. Thesector in the peace corps I will be working in tangent with is Timor-Leste.Timor-Leste is a young and vibrant democracy. Most communities have experiencewith development projects sponsored by larger organizations, but want toreceive a different kind of assistance by partnering with Peace Corpseconomically. The Peace Corp appreciates when volunteers work to change education,through role modeling, inspiration and motivation. The work force in Timor-Lesteis made up of young people who not work or go to school. I will be educatingthe local youth population in entrepreneurial skills.
What may be thebiggest challenge is the living conditions. Undeveloped Infrastructure. Roadsand terrain may wash out and may be impassable during the rainy months. The Utilitiesand telecommunication may vary depending on where I am working.
Housing will bewith a host and their family. Many places independent housing is not an option.Unwanted attention from the locals is possible and may be stressful. These area few things I will be addressed with for the duration of my job.The Peace Corp hasa few goals.
One is to help people of other countries to develop the work forceof equal men and women. The second is to spread a better understanding ofAmerican culture. And final the visa versa is to help American to understandother cultures. I am looking forward to this experience if I am chosen.I am hoping to usethe colleges diversity-based environment to make myself stand out.
Living in multiple countries in my lifetimegives me an edge on diversification and cultural shock. Above all I plan to usethe career center to heighten and develop a resume that will target that job.