ASAN is a blog of Adrian's adventures! (Formerly a Peace Corps Blog) "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain
The goal of this website is to share the experience of serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay with the world! Please share any comments, questions, ideas, jokes or anything else about anything in the comments sections below! Any questions or comments yet? =D In this first post, I give a general overview about my work and myself. You can contact me at my Facebook, LinkedIn,Twitter– @_Sanchez_Adrian
About my Peace Corps Service:
I’m currently working as a Community Economic Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps, an independent federal agency in the US Government. I’ll be working for the next two years in the Dept. of Caazapá, Paraguay, South America. I just arrived to Paraguay for training on May 30th and swore-in as a Volunteer on August 9th.
My work in sustainable development focuses on small business and community consulting, family finance advising, and youth civic engagement in developing regions of the world. Projects are done alongside Paraguayans with micro-financing credit unions, farmers, commercial businesses, youth groups, universities, and the local government, among others community stakeholders.
I must also perfect my Spanish and learn the native Guarani language that everyone speaks in Paraguay. I’m extremely excited to start working and immersing myself into a totally different culture!
About the Peace Corps:
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps as part of the US government to promote world peace and friendship.
The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:
Previously, I graduated with a Masters in Business Analysis, Masters in International Affairs, focused in security and political sustainability in developing countries, and B.A. in Politics in Washington, DC.
Most recently, I was a intern with an everis team to consult the client, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in order to improve its business processes and IT systems. IDB is the largest multilateral international bank working specifically with Latin America.
Furthermore, I have extensive political organizational experience as I worked as the Regional Field Director for Hispanic outreach in Northern VA and nationally for the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Generation Opportunity during the 2012 Presidential election. I worked on organizing and educating young Americans (18-29) to vote and on the economic challenges facing the nation such as high youth unemployment, balancing the budget, and lower taxes. I managed and personally recruited a network of over 300 volunteers that together made over 34,000 get out the vote calls before the 2012 Presidential election.
I also interned five times in the US Congress for two Senators and three Representatives and in several Congressional and Presidential election campaigns working on strategic voter turnout efforts including as a Voter Registration Director. During my work in Congress I advised senior staff with researching and writing bill analysis and memorandum for Committee hearings and legislative issues including international security and development, health care reform, the economy, and the housing market.
In addition, I did a field study with the advisory firm KPMG for the Washington, DC Municipality’s Department of Human Resources as part of a class during the Masters in Business Analysis at CUA. We worked to optimize the effectiveness of its performance management and key performance indicators by bench-marking to best practices in the public and private sector.
Official Peace Corps Videos:
I love these feel good videos! Watch them, they give a great feel of what it is like to serve overseas as a PCV and why many say it was the best experience of their life to be able to help those in most need. =)
Thanks for reading my first post, more to come!