This is Asnats advice to young people who wants to go on exchange. Back home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, she works in her sending organization, the Organization for Community Development (OCODE) as Project Field Supervisor.
In August 2016 Asnat left Tanzania for Norway as an FK participant in the Act Now Programme at Hald International Centre. Act Now is run by Strømmestiftelsen and OCODE as a partner organization. Act Now aims to build young leaders and transform societies by widening cultural horizons.
Asnat wanted to learn more about leadership and intercultural communication.
- Also, I love to travel and explore, she says.
During her exchange she also gained knowledge about leadership skills and teamwork. Mentorship. Time management. Vocational skills. Organizational skills, to appreciate what she has and to respect other cultures. All-important skills that comes handy back in Tanzania in her current job.
- Leadership skills help me a lot as a supervisor, because I do monitoring every week in our 11 centers. I need to be smart in presenting ideas and problem solving. As for teamwork, it is part and parcel of my daily activities,I must communicate with teachers and other members of the community for any information or implementation of activities in the community.
Asnat has no doubt that her FK exchange has contributed in how she is working today.
- Most of the times I find myself in high pressure especially on matters relating to locals in the rural part of Dar es Salaam. Most of these people don't know much about formalities therefore I need to find proper ways to explain without offending them. I am also more punctual compared to before. I see time as very valuable asset.
What's your #myFKeffect?