Speaking from Experience: Fellow Videos
Nadia Rahman, Nigeria
Eric Wise, Kenya
Anne-Claire Benoit, Democratic Republic of the Congo
“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.”
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Erin La Croix
(SIT Graduate Institute)
“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 the 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.
Read more about her experiences.
(Johns Hopkins SAIS)
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
In response to the threats to the livelihoood of herder families posed by political, environmental, and economic challenges, Daniel has helped CRS partner with a local organization to design and implement the Soil and Water Conservation for Herders (SWCH) project
As a CRS fellow, the SWCH project was one of my first assignments. There are numerous INGOs that do similar development work around the globe, but CRS distinguishes itself in this arena by our commitment to subsidiarity; allowing for decisions on key aspects of the project to be directly informed by those people closest to the issues “on the ground.”
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.”
(Monterey Institute of International Studies)
Jordan fellow Maggie Holmesheoran managed a pilot project to streamline assistance by providing Syrian refugees access to prepaid debit cards.
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.
Read more about Maggie's experience.
Burkina Faso Fellow
(University of London)