Speaking from Experience: Fellow Videos
“My fellowship was extremely successful. I was allowed to function as a program manager for much of the year, under the mentorship of my supervisor, and now I feel very confident and ready to step into my new role and manage a team.”
Blogs Excerpts And PhotosErin La Croix
Following the devastating floods in Malawi, fellow and School for International Training Graduate Institute alumna Erin La Croix supported the CRS WASH team implementing emergency response in 26 camps for displaced people in Southern Malawi. Our response ensured that people had access to safe drinking water and sanitation while in the camps. CRS also supported safe hygiene practices in the camps.
Over the last 4 months, I have gained immense hands-on experience in emergency WASH programming, partner collaboration and management, as well as working closely with the donor to develop and update program budgets and interventions.
Thank you to the CRS Malawi WASH team for this invaluable experience which I hope to build upon during my temporary duty in Bangladesh.
Learn more about the work CRS is doing in Malawi
“I appreciated CRS' organizational culture of continuous learning. This made it easy for me to admit and correct my mistakes when I made them, and also ensured that the people on my team were willing to question things and have conversations about complex issues.”
Rwanda fellow Jerica Youngken was interviewed by Pennsylvania Catholic Conference about her experiences overseas as a fellow.
"The beauty of the fellowship program is that we [the fellows] are exposed to many different areas of programming and operations, enabling us to gain a true sense of what we would like to pursue after the fellowship ends," she says.
Read more about her experiences.
CRS Benin fellow and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies alumna Angie Tyler meets with St. Joseph Health Center staff to discuss health insurance for rural populations participating in mature Savings and Internal Lending Communities, or SILCs.
Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza Fellow
Read more about Daniel’s experience.
“I was responsible for partnership agreements, budgets, work plan development, donor reporting and monitoring progress. This gave me the opportunity to prove myself.”
Jordan fellow Maggie Holmesheoran managed a pilot project to streamline assistance by providing Syrian refugees access to prepaid debit cards.
Maggie says “indebtedness and issues with landlords have become serious social issues in Jordan due to overcrowding, as more than 80% of Syrian refugees in Jordan live in urban areas either with host families or in rented homes.
“When card users in this program could access their money independently, it improved their sense of self-confidence, and also made them feel more normal, which is really important for people who are in the midst of a crisis,” she says.
Burkina Faso Fellow