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Inspiration for those who want to start REAL travelling

Travel Forums General Talk Inspiration for those who want to start REAL travelling

1. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

About 15 years ago, I decided that a career in my home country was not for me.

Since then, I have lived, worked or travelled through many, many, many, many countries. So many, I decided i needed a break of at least a year to catch my breath, giving me time to look back and reflect. And write.

Writing about life as a humanitarian aid worker, about expeditions, about people, places, situations I came across..
Be it about getting ambushed in Burundi, working amongst two million refugees in Congo, landing on a deserted Antarctic Island,
entering Kosovo right after NATO did, or flying into Afghanistan
two days after the Taliban was driven from power. Or just sitting,
drinking a coffee looking at daily life on a Carribean island. Or crossing the Atlantic.
All the stories have one thing in common: realizing the road is more interesting than reaching the destination.

Have fun, travel safely!

Peter

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

2. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

So what kinda degree do you have and how did you aquire a job for the UN? just interested as I am still figuring out my future travel/work situation.

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

i checked out the blog. very interesting.... and am really interested to know how u came about the job

4. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

ok, saw it in the blog, sorry

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Petercasie

Me and worldwide want to write a blog, about politics and human rights. It would be well cool, if u would help us.
Would u?

Mel

6. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

i checked out the blog. very interesting.... and am really interested to know how u came about the job

Hi,

I described what let me to this decision, in the introduction story of the blog: http://theroadtothehorizon.blogspot.com/2007/01/tales-of-horizon-introduction.html

Basically, I started to work for the Belgian Red Cross as an entry point for the kind of work I wanted to do. A friend of mine was working in the UN, and explained what it was all about. Coincidence had it that a few months later, he decided to go back to France, and suggested his bosses to have me take over his position in Goma, DRC. So I did for a few months. That gave me the opportunity to build contacts within the UN, and one thing let to another.

At first I did short term consultancy work in my sector (telecommunications), and after a while they offered me a staff position.

Starting to work in the UN is like knocking on a big steel door, at first. If you are interested, you have to keep on banging the door by continuously sending resumees out, looking for contacts in the different UN agencies (which all work pretty independently for recruitment of staff) and 'working' those contacts.

Once you are 'in', it is easy to remain in, and eventually to hop from one agency to another..

A very good place to start to look for vacancies is at http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/doc212?OpenForm

Reliefweb is a general good start to find links to all organisations in the relief and humanitarian field.

Wishing you good luck on your path!

Peter

7. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Me and worldwide want to write a blog, about politics and human rights. It would be well cool, if u would help us.
Would u?

Hi Mel,

if i can, i am always ready to help, even though I try to stay away from politics.. But if it can help the situation of people in the countries you want to write for, I will be more than willing to help.

you can contact me via peter.casier (at) pandora.be

kindly,

Peter

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Peter.
We will be private mailing u, with questions.
It is just a blog, for this travel site, for members to read. But mostly to make me more informed, by finding the information.

Mel