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Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia
26 March 2015
Project Cycle Management training for staff of the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs in Ankara. (Photo: UNV Turkey, 2014)
Coming to Turkey in May 2013 has been literally my first experience as a UN Volunteer. No long preparation time after the final “go!”, just getting everything packed and saying (temporary) goodbyes. My host agency is the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and I work as Forestry Specialist at their Sub-regional Office for Central Asia. My work area consists of seven countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. My assignment has a background: Central Asia is one of the world’s areas with the lowest forest cover. Read
From Japan to the Democratic Republic of Congo
16 March 2015
It was early morning in January 1995, when my house was shaken up and down. It was like a huge giant man grabbed my house and flogged it. I remember I covered my head with my pillow because I thought that the celling would fall down on me. Although it’s been 20 years since the Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake in Kobe, I am still traumatized with any up and down shaking. Read
Countries:  Japan
Volunteering for my country, Philippines
16 March 2015
Alma Sevillano (center) during the CBED training held at Dulag, Leyte, with the Microenterprise Assistance Asset Provision Program (MCAAPP), a livelihood project of UNDP, Philippines. (Photo: UNV Philippines, 2015)
When the typhoon Haiyan, also known in the Philippines as typhoon Yolanda, hit the country two years ago, a lot of families were affected, many lost their loved ones. Some of them lost everything. For instance, me. My house was destroyed and I lost my husband. But I survived. It was very hard to start a new life again, but we never lost hope. With the help of the United Nations Development Programme, and other international organizations, we started to work on the recovery again. Read
From Italy to Haiti
16 March 2015
UN Volunteer Francesca Pinna (middle) during her assignment in Haiti, (UNV, 2014)
My name is Francesca Pinna, I am a United Nations Volunteer in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Haiti. I never thought that I would get engaged in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It happened by chance after the earthquake that hit the Italian city of Aquila in 2009.  Read
Volunteering for disarmement process in Africa
27 January 2015
Karl Wagner verifying the positioning and field of a marking needle during arms marking exercises in Togo (UNV, 2014)
Based in Togo, I have been an International United Nations Volunteer  (Security Sector Reform Specialist /Programme Manager) at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) for the past 2 and a half years.  Before my current tenure at UNREC I worked with the NGO Search for Common Ground on a conflict mediation project in Northern Tanzania, in partnership with the Tanzanian National Police. Read
Countries:  Togo

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