Two years ago I packed a beat-up suitcase and a small backpack.
Everybody thought I was crazy.
I had committed to working for two years as a full-time volunteer for a women’s rights organization in Croatia—a country I’d only ever seen on Google image.
I went anyway.
To a foreign country, where I didn’t speak the language, with a new a job, and no friends.
Thankfully, it was the right decision.
All I had to do was listen, learn, work hard and enjoy it all. The ups and the downs.
As a full-time international volunteer for the Ecumenical Women’s Initiative, I focussed on communicating with partners, planning and managing projects, reporting and monitoring.
Oh, and I can now speak Croatian!
Not bad for a girl from small-town Montana, right?
Before working for EWI, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Concordia College, with a degree in Sociology (and minors in Women’s & Gender Studies and Communication).
Here’s what Carolyn, the Managing Director of EWI kindly had to say about me:
“Our organization greatly benefitted from her time with us and it is with full assurance that I can recommend Gillian for employment as a reliable and committed individual whose enthusiasm and energy is a valuable asset to any organization.”
monitoring / evaluation
torts / conflict resolution
bosnia and herzegovina
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