Non-profit Leadership Workshop


A night in Ciudad Colon

Ciudad Colon, my Costa Rica town

Ross, the Fiddler

Hamish joins the party

“Not friends” he says… we’ll see about that…

Michelle gets some fifty points… game over for everyone else!

Father and son congratulate her… the apple doesn’t fall far from the oak one could say…

My Hostfamily

Attack of the birds… my little host sister Mari invades my room with her ugly chickens…

I wouldn’t hold them…


but I offered to help her name them…

hence, I called the first two Feo (ugly) and Culo (ass)

Mari, offended, named the third one Birta

Cooking for my hostmother that spoils me seven days a week:)

Dove – Corporate Social Responsibility

Does this really count as corporate social responsibility? To me, Corporate Social Responsibility is not necessarily about companies caring about saving the world… they may be all about profit for all I care as long as their efforts to generate profit are mutually beneficial to the environment and the people around. People’s criticisms focus a lot on how Dove is not really socially responsible as they will be generating profit but companies are also held accountable to their shareholders… when a company develops a Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, it does not mark the departure from being a corporation to being a non-profit, they’re mission is still profit but their harmful effects are diminished.

Do what you’re passionate about – coz that’s what you do best!

Why does a person that’s not motivated by money, sign up for a marketing & fundraising job? Obviously, this person must be motivated by the cause but can this person ever be successful at marketing and fundraising? Maybe… but the chances are that this person run out of enthusiasm really quickly… especially if it’s a fulltime job and there are no other more suited mentally stimalating projects around to keep this person in touch with the mission! In conclusion, this person must have been very confused indeed at the time of signing up…

Luckily, I found a project that does keep me happily busy, outside of my working hours of course. The only downside is that it has nothing to do with my job so it doesn’t function in terms of keeping me in touch with the mission I’m marketing and fundraising for. I’m a part of the Model United Nations at UPEACE organizing team, more specifically, the Co-Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission for Afghanistan. The conference will take place on January 31st – February 2nd. For me this is the perfect assignment as it fits my passion for international education and allows for quite some creativity on my behalf running the event while I am not responsible for any of the logistics or finance, only the substantive and executive parts. Best of all is the fabulous group of UPEACE students, faculty and staff, whom I’m working with!