My first week of working with my new partner organization was nerve-wrecking, mostly because I had no autopilot, no crutch to lean on for help or support. My first week of work was my host partner's week of August vacation. So what did I do? I kept the office open from 8:30 to 16:30, made a few copies, answered the phone (in Romanian), tried to fix the ancient computers, studied and played online. I have never in my life been on Facebook more than I have in the last few months of my life. It's really quite disgusting. I wait for updates from friends in Europe (morning) and in the afternoon I check for updates from the USA.
For the next two years I will be working with an Agricultural Extension NGO helping with marketing and expanding their daily activities and services from copies to computers with internet. Thus far, I have organized all of our informational pamphlets in the office and rearranged the furniture to make it a more open and welcoming workspace. Hopefully, I will be able to start really understanding the conversations of the people who come into the office and start planning some seminars to help the farming community.
|My messy desk|
|Organized stock of pamphlets|
|Pamphlets organized by category and alphabetical...|