I want to *go* help the people of Darfur.
(please bear with me)
I'm sick of corporate America (and more than a little tired of America itself) and I've decided I want to help people who really need it, not suits that don't. To that end, I want to move to Africa and help the victims of the genocide in Darfur. Here's what I have to offer:
- 28yo, single, Caucasian, healthy, fit American male
- BS in Marketing / Business Management
- 5 years experience in retail / fashion merchandising (buyer)
- 2 years experience (to current) in Business Consulting
I'd like to think that my business acumen could in some way help me find a decent position in logistics of directing international aid, or something to that effect, however my primary motivation here is not necessarily to find the best job. I do need to make enough money to a) survive and b) pay a few bills (student loans, a little CC debt) back in the US in the meantime. As long as I can be responsible with those matters, I'm not that concerned about my paycheck / quality of life when I get there. My main motivation is to work hard and know that I am helping people in serious need - whether its behind a desk, a fork-lift, a food-station, or a doctor. I am open to the actual location of where I go (Chad, Sudan), but I want to know that I'm at least helping the victims of the genocide, or perhaps even ideally helping create the movement to end it (although I realize it will likely be the former).
SaveDarfur.org pointed me to this list
, and my plan at this point is to start circulating the resume and making calls, trying to find the right people and right positions to apply for. As far as organizations go I'm particularly interested in the IRC.
I am wondering if there's anyone out on the green who has been to the area in any capacity (working, volunteering), or who might know someone who has that they can point me towards. My current work has taught me the importance of connections, so I am first off looking to make the right ones.
Secondly, I'm open to any general advice that can be offered to someone with my aforementioned desires. Travel guidance, things to take along, what to expect, how to stay safe, particular organizations to investigate, etc..
Thanks, and feel free to respond via allkindsoftime at g mail.