Monday, February 1, 2016

The Beginning of a Closure Cycle

The last cohort from the ICS programme in La Paz has begun and I firmly believe that we have the privilege of taking on one of the hardest challenges. I can´t dare to say that it is the hardest one yet, because I believe that when you work in this area the challenging stages are many. Nevertheless, to assess the impact of projects like these, with so many inputs and many visions from so many different people is without any doubt a challenge.

As the Team Leader of the Volunteering and Participation for Inclusion project I feel really happy to face this challenge with this team. A team shaped around experienced people but mainly around people who are willing, committed and have the energy to achieve the goals we have set for this cohort. I´m sure that finding the balance between trusting them with key tasks for the project and at the same time working around tasks that will maximize their personal growth, won´t be hard because in my opinion, having a team so willing is the key to success. 

Perhaps you are wondering, what we are going to do. This cohort not only are we going to be focusing on making the projects and its impact stand out, but we have also committed to take on a task that, to many people might seem crazy to achieve in only twelve weeks. During this time we are going to work hard looking for sustainability in the project, we want to get funding to allow International Service to continue on working with our beneficiaries. In some way we want to get ourselves more involved in long term results for our beneficiaries.

There is a chance that when reading this you are thinking we are crazy having assumed this challenge, but I believe that, from big crazy things like this we get big results. Perhaps the results won´t be the expected ones or perhaps they will, apart from that, I´m sure we´ll make an impact and develop from it not only with personal competencies but also task related competencies. They say that if you want to work involved in this area, the requirements are always: knowing how to develop a project, make a diagnosis and fundraising, and I think that this challenge is also an advantage to learn these principles theoretically but also empirically.

The emotions are bigger when you take on new challenges, challenges that force us to step out of our comfort zone and force us to think and create outside the box, to think of things other than modules, workshops and short term results. The time to dream and believe that we can really do it has come and I´m sure that the team we have shaped is up to the challenge and ready to fulfil the expectations.

Blog by: Emma Nowotny Villegas

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