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Why is everything going my way?
June 24, 2009, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Bangladesh, Paraguay

My life is going exactly where I want it to go right now. I feel like I am on a crazy lean mean life ass-kicking machine.

Today I got accepted to intern with Fundación Paraguaya for their micro-credit program, an NGO in Paraguay. I will be there for two months learning about micro financing, about how an NGO works, and learning intensive Spanish from mid-September to the end of November this year. They also work with Kiva, a very famous micro finance program. I cannot believe how lucky I am to get this internship. I have applied to a whole bunch of okay NGOs in South America and haven’t heard back from the majority of them- mostly because they are unorganized, and it has made me very frustrated. But as my Dad says, “You only need one Yes.” And the ‘Yes’ came back from the best program I could ask for.

Yesterday I got accepted to an internship with Grameen Solutions, a Grameen Sister Company in Bangladesh. They bring technology to the most rural areas of Bangladesh. I was worried I wouldn’t get it, but I am so happy that I did, and they are all excited to have me as an intern. I start work next Wednesday.

My application was put on hold for three months from the Peace Corp, but after talking to a recruiter he told me I had a qualified application and to give him a call in October to see where he can nominate me. This is also great news to me.

I have met many interns at Grameen Bank who are going to LSE, a school I hope to go to for my graduate degree. All of them love it. I have also found a truly amazing graduate program called Thunderbird. They are a Global MBA program that has tons of study abroad opportunities all over the world with the top business universities.

Bangladesh is amazing, besides almost getting killed about 6 times today- driving here is incredibly, incredibly dangerous. Literally, my life flashed before my eyes at least three times today while we narrowly avoided (by an inch) getting steamrollered by huge trucks going 80 mph. But I love everything else about being here, so I cannot complain.
I am learning so much about Grameen Bank, as well as learning so much about NGOs in Bangladesh, such as Waste Concern, Plan Bangladesh, and most importantly, BRAC. BRAC also does micro financing in Bangladesh, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize along with Grameen Bank in 2006. The interns concluded that Grameen Bank won because it is self sustaining, where BRAC receives funding, because Grameen Bank caters to the women of Bangladesh, and because Grameen Bank has many replication companies over the world. But BRAC is the largest NGO in the world and very amazing, and I plan to do a training program with them while I’m here.
The days are too short here in Bangladesh, truly. I am being hit by a truckload of information that I’ve been waiting to get for the past two years, and I’ve been valiantly trying to disseminate all of the information within three days. But I love it. I love every minute of it. I love the fact that I can’t even sleep because I have so many ideas going on in my head. I love that I am spending every day traveling to rural villages, reading books, and researching information. I am in such a wonderful and productive place in my life. I am so happy.

Much love,

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