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Peace Corps Volunteer Joins Ministry of Youth and Sports

Peace Corps Volunteer Joins Ministry of  Youth and Sports
From left: Sitting, Ministry of Youth and Sports staff, Iowane Soko, Peace Corps Volunter Blake Dohrn,, and Shamim Ali. Standing, Pauliasi Nasegai, Tomasi Vakausausa, Manjit Lal, Etuate Bari on November 8, 2017. Photo: Sheldon Chanel
November 09
11:00 2017

 

Peace Corps volunteer Blake Dohrn is happy to work with Ministry of Youth and Sports in the Central Division.

Speaking to Fiji Sun yesterday Ms Dohrn said she was happy to be in Fiji in the last two month and loved the warm welcome of the Fijian people.

Ms Dohrn was one of the 36 volunteers during the Swearing-in ceremony last Friday at the University of the South Pacific, Suva campus.

Her most recent job was as a technical advisor through the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of the United States of America (USA).

She worked through their headquarters based at Chicago.

During her work in the USA she helped to advise local programmes around the country and how to start and implement after school summer and early learning programmes for young people.

“I have a Masters in Social Work with a focus on management.

“I also have my Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy.”

She said she’s always wanted to join Peace Corps for quite a long time.

“I have been working full time and pursuing my education and as soon I finished my degree I joined the Peace Corps.”

For her she loves voluntary work.

“This is my first time in Fiji. I am interested in community and environmental work. Coming to Fiji is a really good match and it’s my interest,” Ms Dohrn said.

“I would love to have a better understanding of the youth programmes and policies in Fiji. I want to know more on cross culture studies, and understanding the skills I learn from here and be able to use it back at home in the USA.”

For her first two months in Fiji she was placed in a village setting doing Pre-Service Training (PRS).

“I love village life; I had a very beautiful and loving family in Navaka village Rewa who is very supportive. I had learnt a lot from them, and they were very friendly with me and my friends

Ministry of Youth and Sports Divisional Manager Central, Iowane Soko, said having the Peace Corps volunteers in Fiji was a big asset for the nation as well as for the young people.

“We are fortunate to have Peace Corps volunteers on an annual basis and that serves as a motivation for us.”

Ms Dohrn will be working with the Ministry of Youth and Sports for two years and will be focusing on the Central Division.

She would also be working with other Peace Corps volunteers around Fiji.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

 

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