Humanitarian work, psychology, and staff support

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend (and spent less time at the computer than Mike and I did). Never mind – this time next week we’ll be in Cambodia at Siem Reap.

Primarily because there are no good medical or dental facilities in Luang Prabang, Mike’s organization provides for one week of Rest and Relaxation (R&R) leave every six months. Thankfully, we don’t need to use this R&R to head to a doctor or a dentist, so we are going to explore one of the wonders of Asia instead. There are even rumors that Mike will not bring his work computer on our five day trip.

So this week, before we take a bit of a break from it all, I’m going to have a humanitarian-work week on the blog. I’m going to tell you the next installment in the story of little orphan girl, and talk about how difficult it can be to spend money to help others in ways that do no harm. I’m going to think a little more on blessings.

Before that, however, I’m going to flag a new page on my blog for you! While Mike was drafting reports and signing many, many, documents this weekend, I was working on a page for those interested in finding work in the humanitarian field.

I received a letter from a stranger last week that set this in motion. She is studying psychology. She said:

“I have always hoped to find a way to combine my passion for community development work and psychology. I was wondering if would be able to tell me what your pathway was getting into the work you have done, and whether you have any contacts or suggestions of ways I might be able to gain an internship next year?”

During the almost seven years that I worked as Director of Training and Education Services for the Headington Institute, I was asked something along these lines fairly frequently by students and by interviewers. So I’ve pulled up some of the interviews, brushed off my answers to the most frequently asked questions, and put it all in one place. If you’re interested in humanitarian work and staff support, wander on over and check it out.

Back on Wednesday with more stories.




6 responses to “Humanitarian work, psychology, and staff support

  1. Siem Reap! You know they have passable Mexican food there, right? (Not that I’m telling you how to live your life, just, you know, suggesting.) How long are you there? Next week starts a big festival time in Cambodia, so you’ll likely see quite a few people at the temples and the markets may be closed after Wednesday, but I don’t think SR ever really shuts down with so many tourists coming through. Oh, and if you do the floating village tour, watch out for scams– there’s some discrepancies between government boats and tour boats, and if you don’t know they take advantage of that.

    Okay, thus ends Kate’s Travel Notes. Hope you have fun!

    • Thanks!!! I was just saying to Mike the other day that I was craving some mexican (specifically a little joint in pasadena that did these great fajitas with wonderful guacamole…. but passable joints in Siem Reap will do, or at least be an adventure).

      Sigh… did we really book a holiday during a massive festival season? We’re arriving on Sat and leaving Wed so maybe we’ll miss the worst of the crowds. I should have checked, though it may not have stopped us. Thanks for the heads up. Kate’s Travel Notes are a good source of info… particularly since Mike and I have been too busy to look at any other type of travel notes except those sent to us in emails by friends (thanks go to you and Mel for this). Hope you have a good week.

      • You’ll probably be okay, there might just be a lot going on at the temples at the moment (or not… they aren’t necessarily where this festival takes place). The holiday (called p’chum ben if you want to google) takes place over 2 weeks, really, but the national holiday starts on the 6th, which is when the rest of us get out of town. 😉

        If you’re super into the history of everything, it’s worth getting a guide for the day (sometimes they come with a/c cars). And did I mention the Mexican place is on the same street as the good coffee (and ice cream)?

  2. There are joints …and then there are JOINTS. Choose wisely.

  3. Awww, mama, what do you know about joints? Please share 🙂

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