Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?
July 16, 2012 11:02 AM Subscribe
Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter
posted by citands to Work & Money (3 answers total)
I've been given a great opportunity to write a pitch for a no-strings £1,000 grant to use in 'self improvement'. This is something being offered by my employer, and there's no guarantee I'll get it, but I'd like to give it a damn good go.
My long-term career goal is to work for Medecins Sans Frontiere or similar organisation, setting up emergency supply chains following 'big events'. I've worked in Logistics, Supply Chain and Production for seven years (good start!) and have experience of managing people and projects. I'd like to get some wider experience towards my ultimate goal.
I am also desperate for a holiday.
I'd like to join these two things and pitch for the grant to work in somewhere like South East Asia for a couple of weeks, following it up with a holiday (at my own expense).
I am struggling to find any specialised companies to volunteer with.
If anyone has any specific recommendations that fit my requirements, that would make me so happy.
- like my expertise to be really useful - so, a mini project?
- be able to spin this to my company as a 'career development' scenario
- like it to actually be career development
- like it to be safe for a single white female
- have up to four weeks to do this thing in
I would not
- want to be a burden on an already difficult situation (and am nervous about the language barrier)
- expect to be paid
- be phased about going anywhere alone
- have any linguistic skills to offer, so need to go somewhere where I can make myself understood in English
- want to teach English
- mind staying in the UK/Europe
Have you volunteered abroad using specialist skills for a short amount of time?
How did you find these opportunities?
Am I wasting my time without a second language?
Thanks in advance, AskMe!