Elmira Yermagambetova, 27 years old, is a medical doctor, precisely an oncologist, from Kazakhstan. Three years ago she started an MBA at the Webster University and she will be graduated next December. The plan was to go back to Kazakhstan and open a hospital there, but things evolve and priorities change... Elmira is now planning to stay in Geneva and is helping ICV as Project Coordinator for the World Cancer Congress. In the past she has already organized a 20 people medical seminar in Zurich, but she still wants to improve her management skills. "I am learning a lot. This conference will mobilize over 3000 people, and I have to find 150 volunteers". The multicultural environment of the office is the greatest asset for her. "Yesterday I prepared a caviar aperitif for people in the office. I talked about my country, -- I had to show it on a map! -- before listening the others talking about Tanzania, Algeria and Pakistan. People learn from you and you learn from them, and everybody needs to find the most appropriate way to approach the others, depending on the cultural or religious belonging". After a two-months experience with ICV, Elmira ends up with a simple suggestion: "Shy people definitely need to join the ICV team. The ambiance here is so communicative that they will kill their complex in a couple of weeks!"
Jonathan Moy de Vitry, Swiss-American, 21 years old, has a business and marketing background. He discovered ICV through the web. During the Global Humanitarian Forum Annual Meeting, last June, he was appointed at the welcome desk at the airport and was also in charge of preparing badges for participants. Now he is working as a team member for the Blind Union Congress volunteer team. "I am here to gain experience. I really would like to become more organised, in order to be able to function more effectively". Dealing with 250 volunteers certainly gave him the chance to test his management skills!
Zainab K Ahmed, from Pakistan, 25 years old and a BA in Journalism and French, volunteered as a reporter during the Global Humanitarian Forum. "It was my first experience with an international forum," she noted, even if she has been involved in volunteer services for a long time. In fact, three years ago, she started teaching community kids and also helped the Geneva Red Cross. Besides, she is an activist of FLP (Future Leaders of Pakistan), which is a youth awareness organisation created to promote the development of leadership in Pakistan through knowledge dissemination and scholarship. After this debut, she started a summer internship, helping as a reporter and translator. "I'm going to stay with ICV till September but I'll always try to volunteer in ICV's projects even after, inshAllah".
Posted: 2008-7-31 Updated: 2011-4-30
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