Goals and Expectations

Welcome to my blog! I will be using this blog for the next 4 months as I prepare to go overseas, and for the following 4 months as I complete my Junior Fellowship placement in Malawi on behalf of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada!

In my case, the Junior Fellowship program is a 20 month program. From January to August I will be preparing for my overseas placement and contributing to my chapter. I will then complete my 4 month placement in Malawi and will return home to be a leader in my chapter for another 8 months. Through my placement I hope to help connect my chapter to Africa and EWB’s overseas programs.

The goals of the Junior Fellowship program are threefold:
1. To create change in Canada
2. To create change overseas
3. To create change and learning for the Junior Fellow

While I know I will be going to Malawi, I do not yet know what my placement will be, but with only one month to go until pre-departure training in Toronto, the MUN chapter and I have started framing goals and expectations for my placement.

I am going to include my goals and expectations here for my chapter to reference, and so that I can be held accountable to them over the next 16 months.

Personal Goals

For Nushka

While preparing for placement:
Be a leader in my chapter
– Do as much foundation and preparation work as I can
– Participate in Coffeeshop coaching with return JF’s
– Set expectations with the chapter
– Follow the placements of the summer JF’s

While overseas:
Integrate into the community as best as I can
– Open communication between myself and the chapter
– Help create change in the water and sanitation sector in Malawi
– To learn as much as I can about Watsan, development, and poverty
– Interview lots of locals
– Build friendships with co-workers and my host family
– Learn about a new culture, new customs, and a new language. But to also share my culture as well
– Participate in community groups and events
– Learn about the role religion plays in the everyday lives of Africans and join the local church
– Bring a new point of view to the chapter, and educate members on EWB’s work in Malawi
– Have fun and love life!

Upon returning to Canada:
– Contribute to member learning and general meetings through sharing stories, experiences, videos, pictures, etc
– Give presentations about my placement to the chapter, the engineering faculty and as a part of youth engagement
– Mentor the new JF
– Do an awesome job on my innovation change project
– Inspire the chapter to a new level of commitment

My expectations of the Chapter:
Continue mentoring with Evan and Nushka
– Open communication
Keep in touch by reading my blogs, emailing, texting, and calling
– Keep me up to date on chapter functions
– Connect with me during at least one general meeting, and have questions prepared
– Give me feedback

The Chapter’s expectations of me:
– Keep the chapter informed on my placement
– Share experiences and update blog
– Keep in contact with the chapter
– Keep a journal
– Take lots of pictures, but actually do something with them that can benefit the chapter
– Put as much into the placement as I can
– Be safe and try not to get sick!
– Be a leader in the chapter when I return

This is quite a long post, but an important one! I appreciate comments, thoughts, and questions!

Love Maria

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3 thoughts on “Goals and Expectations

  1. Nushka Blais

    Those are some great expectations darling.
    I hope you manage to balance them and have an amazing placement from 4 months ago until the end of your 8 months when you return. Enjoy!

  2. seth

    this is a great start to your blog, I must say. Looking forward to some quality posts!

    -seth

  3. Ian Froude

    Maria, Great start on the blog and so early! I look forward to reading over the next eight plus months. Greater resources on this could not be at your finger tips right now so be sure to capitalize on them!
    Ian

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