Graduation Day (10/21/16)

H graduated from FS training today. Since I'm off on Fridays I was able to attend with the boy. H's career mentor and good friend Bob joined us. He was instrumental in helping her network within the USAID community and to get her to where she is today, and he was excited to attend. In …

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Quick Trip Review: Calaveras County, CA

We spent Christmas day 2016 in the old gold mining area of Calaveras County, CA, up in the Sierras about midway between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. The area is roughly 3 hours from San Jose, CA and the Silicon Valley. The area was originally settled by gold prospectors but now is known for wineries, hiking, …

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How to Become a USAID Foreign Service Officer

As all government employees are aware, unless one is fortunate enough to fall under a "special hiring authority", the Federal hiring process is often long, opaque, and sometimes painful. I was hired for my Federal position as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and was fortunate enough to be hired under the special authority that …

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