Thank You

I was on foot on my way back from home viewing mission in the evening one day when the day already turned dark at 6 pm. I was warned of a few sketchy blocks I would just have to go straight right back to get myself to a bus back to where I came from. It was Grand Avenue in Oakland that has quite shiny street lights turned on all the way of its sidewalk. The Oakland is one of the United States of America’s cities most maintained racial tension and high crime rate. It was not just me walking alone on that path – I at some point realized of more appreciation to life at the moment having seen some people walking on their own way and some were in group of two or four.

Yankee Gift Swap – An old American tradition

I am experiencing different things every month and every day while living in America being an Atlas Corps Fellow. But this month I learned to play Yankee Gift Swap which is an old American tradition and it is a kind of fun game and I just love it. In my office, we had a luncheon ceremony and Yankee Gift Swap. Initially I was confused that how one can play this game but when I did participated it was fun and I wanted to play all the time. And I did swap my gift 3 times and finally I got what I want. Yes I got $20 GAP gift card and now I am waiting for clearance sale to utilize it efficiently.
Here are the instructions if you never get a chance to play this game.

I pasted my family photos to introduce them to my office buddies and they love it.

I pasted my family photos to introduce them to my office buddies and they love it.

Happy Holidays!

“In the lives of all of us there are moments for which,
while they are still happening,
we know that they will become something we will never forget.”
O. Pamuk

Dear Atlas family and friends,

I would like to wish everyone Happy holidays and an amazing New year. 2012 has been a crazy ride, and I would like to use this opportunity to thank Atlas Corps and my host organization GeorgiaForward for this amazing opportunity and experience that wouldn’t have been possible without this program and all of you.

Atlas Corps Top 5 of 2012!

Atlas Corps Top 5 of 2012










Click here to watch the Atlas Corps Top 5 of 2012!

Launched Vision 2015.
Our strategy to expand from 50 Fellows to 100 Fellows a year by 2015. Read more online at

Achieved 140 Fellows from 40 countries!
Received applications from more than 150 countries.

Launched 3 classes a year!
We now welcome Fellows starting in January, May, and September.

Initiated 2 major initiatives with the U.S. State Department that will support 14 Fellows from Sudan and 5 Fellows from Pakistan.

Random thoughts

Since the beginning of my fellowship in the beginning of 2012 this December has become the most challenging month for me. And there are so many reasons for it.

Apparently these challenges are not linked to my professional life – my fellowship at the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been very interesting and rewarding experience from the very first day.

My anxiety is rooted in various December events resonating with me from my past and present. For me December has always been a month of changes – as, perhaps, for many who celebrate ending the year, reflecting on its gains and losses, and making plans for the next one.

Happy International Day of the Volunteer – Apply to be a Fellow!

Atlas Corps Invites Applications for 2013-14 Fellowships in the United States and Latin America
Applications accepted year-round. Priority deadline for next class: December 10, 2012

Atlas Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world’s best nonprofit leaders. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.
The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month, professional fellowship offered three times a year. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations such as Ashoka, CARE, the Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the UN Foundation, Oxfam, World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. Peace Corps. In addition to serving at an organization related to their experience, Fellows will develop their leadership skills and nonprofit best practices while networking with other Fellows from around the world.

Join the Atlas Corps Team….

Join the Atlas Corps Team. Become an Intern!

Engage local. Impact global. Become an Atlas Corps Intern!

Atlas Corps is seeking interns for January – May 2013 for our offices in: Washington, DC; Bogota, Colombia, and Monterrey, Mexico!

Read more about the specific position descriptions:

Thanksgiving and Palestine

Two weeks ago, I went back to my “home” here in the US – North Carolina, for Thanksgiving. This is the one holiday that I anxiously wait for all year long. My Rotary host family cooks for two days, all from scratch, and then on Thursday we gather around a very international table with friends from all over the world.

Funny thing is that on occasions like these, where diversity is so present, you usually introduce yourself and the second question is: Where are you from?

It’s up to us!

Every time that I decide to write about my experience in the United States I end up losing myself remembering my indescribable life changing lessons of this past year.

I was born in a country where the civil society is just now becoming stronger and before working for Points of Light I would never imagine myself working in an organization which the vision is that one day every person will discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant democracies around the world.