Date: 16 June 2019
Location: In the village
These are my new friends!
Ivan and Godfrey have been assigned to me along with my Peace Corps site location. They are walking me through my journey in to their village. They are local Ugandan people that are in direct contact or working alongside the Relief for African Growing Generations (RAGGA).
Ooh! New job?
After about 6 weeks of PST, we have finally gotten to know our future site, for me it was with RAGGA.
This is what many of us have all been waiting for, site placement is a major thing that can make or break some people’s first impressions of their service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. BUT I was very excited to be working with this organization.
Many of the responsibilities that have been assigned to me, as well as the expectations and the mission statement of the organization aligns with what I am planning to do. Some highlights of my future job projects include website building, capacity building, and working with small groups to create income generating activities.
What excites you the most?
One of the more exciting features of this job is that it is seems to be heavily centered around making connections between parties and technical skill building, both of which are what my strengths.
The value behind connecting others who have the resources but don’t have the knowledge of whom to provide them to is probably one of the major challenges that every organization faces. It’s one of the reasons why we have marketing as a major in the University, it’s the ability to show and tell your story in the most convincing way possible.
Well, it’s a lot more complicated than that, but you get the picture.
As for the second part, technical skill building, is something that I continually work on in my own time. It is one the main drivers, personally, that makes me want to learn more things everyday. From language skills, movement, drawing, writing, and so on, I think it’s important to talk about what a skill really is.
I believe everyone has skills that other people can benefit from, and we are always able to learn new skills, the challenge is the idea of how do you learn a new skill?
You’re sounding a little philosophical now..
My website, my words… okay I’ll be brief.
Skills are things like tying your shoe or riding a bike, they are learned ideas, usually by habit, and can taught by others. Apply this principle to every single thing you can do and your whole life you have been learning skills, whether they are highlighted or not.
The ability to be sleeping in bed all day is just the same as being proactive in your day-to-day activities; they are learned behaviors out of the consequence of a steady buildup of choices.
This is something that I want to convey with almost everyone that I meet with. Saying “I can’t do this or that…” is a mental barrier towards the path of learning. In the case of learning a new language, reading a natively written paragraph in your target language is impossible at first. But slowly, you pick up a few words, start to get the context. It’s the same story with all skills, it’s slow but well worth it.
You’re really nerding out here
Skill acquisition is something I absolutely love to talk about because I think everyone can learn something new! Young or old, able or unable, there is almost always a way to learn something new every single day.
With that, I’ll be talking more about my job these next few posts!