I was’t really sure what to expect of today. I had already met the other two fellows; Joe I met in Tokyo while we were waiting for our connecting flight and Eric and I had dinner last night. Orientation at the U.S. Embassy sounded so ominous. So formal. I have to admit that between all … Continue reading My Philippine Adventure – Day One
I just keep having to remind myself how lucky I am to be given this unique opportunity. I have had numerous unique experiences and opportunities in my life and I will be adding this one to the list. Writing this post was on my long list of to-do items before embarking on this journey. The … Continue reading A unique opportunity
February 26, 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Its an honor to participate in the YSEALI exchange program. Trang Nguyen of the Danang Institute of Socio-Economic Development visited me in Bozeman, Montana for about a month in October and November 2017. As I touched down at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, I … Continue reading Bozeman, Montana to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Since being accepted into the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program I have been looking forward to this amazing opportunity. To be able to travel to the Philippines and exchange ideas and best practices with fellow local government professionals is one very few get to experience and one that i will hold close to my heart. While … Continue reading The Adventure Begins with a Toast!
I am preparing for my trip to Thailand which will begin Friday, February 23 and I'm so excited. I'm excited to experience all the wonderful things my host, Chontida has arranged for my two weeks in her beautiful country. I'm also excited to share and discuss ideas about civic engagement and how processes can be … Continue reading Anticipation
I have been afforded a unique opportunity to visit Asia, more specifically the Philippines, to learn more about how others view and practice budgeting. Having spent my entire career in Oregon, my only perspective on budgeting processes has been what the State of Oregon has deemed as appropriate. In Oregon, we pride ourselves on transparency and … Continue reading My Philippine Adventure
Due to the incredible opportunity posed by the U.S. State Department, in a handful of days I get to embark on a trip-of-a-lifetime and take what I know about forest protection and conservation in the U.S. Southeast to the communities and forests of Laos. I work for Dogwood Alliance, an organization that works on protecting … Continue reading Like a sapling, I embrace humble beginnings before my trip
In just under 2 weeks, I will be heading off to Malaysia. To say that I'm getting excited is definitely an understatement. Although I'm a relatively experienced traveler, I've never been to southeast Asia and that is adding to my anticipation. Kara and Tony have been very helpful making arrangements on this side and my … Continue reading Looking forward to my trip