Throughout my career, I always had the idea of one day joining the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). I was inspired by the many UN Volunteers I met during my years of service in Africa. While most were young, active individuals, there were also older ones like me now, with a strong vision of volunteerism. Fortunately, I was successful in my application and am blessed to now be in my second UNV assignment.
Abeche, Chad: When the closure of the United Nations Mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) was announced by the UN Security Council in May, 2010, I was already posted in Abeche as a UNV Project and Advocacy Officer.
You need to experience a liquidation phase at least once, I was told by colleagues who had. Some said, I did it [the liquidation], and I will not do it again. Others said, This is the most stressful period of a mission. If you can be in your unit liquidation team, you will learn a lot.