Collaborate

With the Maun regional meeting being held last weekend, a lot of new ideas came to the forefront of my mind. Collaboration and teamwork have always been things of value to me in the past, but there’s a certain amount to gain from figuring things out on my own in this experience. Among Volunteers here in Botswana, there are experts in a vast range of fields, both common and obscure (see my previous post for an example of the obscure). It has been easy for me to get caught up in my daily individual struggles and the personal journey that is Peace Corps. I have to acknowledge that it has narrowed my scope; whether that indicates an advantageous focus or a hindering blind side remains to be seen.

Regional meetings here in Peace Corps Botswana are traditionally held once per year, and serve as a chance to promote idea sharing and project combining among the Volunteers nearest to each other. I wish that the relaxing weekend could be done more often, because the result for me was a raised awareness of what’s happening around me. The open forum for discussion about common problems and networking reminded me that I don’t have to do everything alone. Even advice from those of us who have been around a little while longer can be helpful, but getting the conversation started was a big restraint.

I’m not dissatisfied with what I’ve learned and done on my own here so far. The gains I have made in my own ability to operate within this culture outshine the failures of the past 10 months. In reality, the footing I’m on now makes me confident to proceed. I do hope that some collaboration manifests from the spirit initiated by this weekend – the group is generally better than the individual.

In that same vein, I’ve recently made contact with another NGO in my village called People Meet People. It’s a tourism group started by a Norwegian woman, set on offering the village experience and connecting tourists with locals. There may be room for us to help each other out, so we’ll see where that goes.

The focus of my attention has turned to funding. It seems I’m spending more and more time in front of a computer looking for proposal applications and seeking out money to get some larger projects off the ground. This is yet another thing I’m learning, having never written a proposal before, and I know I’ll need a little luck on my side. I’m taking everything in stride, and the increase in productivity is good for my morale. Let’s see if I can keep it up!

Cheers

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5 thoughts on “Collaborate

  1. Sherry says:

    Good Morning!
    Your post sounds very upbeat and productive. I think about you daily. Hoping I get to see you soon.
    Love you

  2. Grandma says:

    Looks like you have both feel on the ground. What kind os purposallea , and for what projects do you have in mind?

    Maybe we can do something for you here in the States.

    Love and miss you, keep us updated.

  3. Bob Hardy says:

    Remember luck = preparation + opportunity.
    You have certainly done the prep work, now it’s time to look for opportunity – I am sure you will be successful.

    How cool that you are connecting with People meet People, perhaps when we come, we cna experience something cool.

    Thanks for the positive blog, it is cool hearing about all the stuff you have going on.

    Love ya,
    Dad

  4. Edward Hood says:

    Keep the faith, young bro.

  5. Jamie says:

    Jeremy,

    You know how important teamwork and finding help is, i feel you have been the initiator of me begining marching band and you always create a ripple affect of motivation where ever you go.

    I think joining with a tourist group is a great way to raise awareness, have you considered creating a facebook awareness group on this? Possibly asking for donations on the site? I could help you coordinate something to send over funds at some point, like i host open mics too i could ask for donations there.. many hippies around that would love to help.

    Maybe even the idea of creating a video or posting photos online would definitely get people excited about what you’re doing and would want to be apart of it.

    Well love you lots, you’re amazing!! keep at it!

    ❤ Jamie

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