As I boarded the flight from Liberia to DC to become an Atlas Corps Fellow, I kept asking myself, “Is the Atlas Corps Fellowship worth my entire 2015?" I became a fellow to learn, share, network and return to Liberia to support my country by using new and old technologies to inspire social change and Atlas Corps didn't disappoint me. The fellowship is a worthy experience and I encourage other young leaders around the world to apply and help make the world a better place.
Atlas Corps presents a huge palette of opportunities for all whom it serves. Expanded perspective, strategic networking, new skills and tactics for operating in the nonprofit sector, plus the mere wonder of experiencing a new cultural are some of the benefits that Fellows are almost guaranteed to derive. Staff are driven and committed to improving the Organization's impact. This model is empowering, and is getting better all the time!
Atlas Corps' approach of bringing Fellows to the US for 12 months of service is a good approach for professionals seeking service at an international level. The fellowship provides an avenue for them to share experiences and learn best practices that will foster great performance during and after the fellowship. It also provides an opportunity for establishing strong networks that benefit both the individual and Atlas Corps or the Host Organization.
Atlas Corps brings together people from different countries with different cultures and language who have one thing in common - their desire to change the world. How unique a group is that? They learn from each other, inspire each other and support each others social impact projects in the years to come...
Atlas Corps is a great place to work! Every day I get to work with inspiring nonprofit leaders from around the world, and empower them to make a difference both in my country and theirs. International development is not just about the rich countries helping the poor, or the developed world helping the developing world, but all of us working together. Atlas Corps is strengthening the social sector by helping talented leaders cross borders and join an always-expanding network!
The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a life changing opportunity. It is not everyday that you get the chance to live one year in a foreign country, learn about it's culture, connect with all sorts of people, while serving in a U.S. non-profit. This experience changes the way you see and think about not only the United States but also the world and it's connectivity. To be able to share experiences and create bonds with other fellows from more than +70 different nationalities is unique and priceless.
It is a personal and professional growth experience that I would highly recommend to every single individual -and the organization behind this fellowship, is aware of it. Since day one I have been impressed by the preparation and committment of the Atlas Corps team to make sure the fellows know everything they need to know regarding their fellowship experience. They have created a strong support network so you will never feel alone. They have workshops and trainings on a monthly basis. They are aware of the potential within the leaders they support (fellows) and do everything the can to help exploit it. More than the systems in place, I have been impressed by the drive and quality of the Atlas Corps staff. They understand the value of what they are doing and this is reflected on the way they have helped built more than an organization, a family: the Atlas Corps Family. I couldn't feel any luckier to be a part of it.
Atlas Corps is a unique non-profit in the U.S. Its motto is "Change your perspective. Change the world" and invite us to turn our conventions upside down and believe that change can also come from young leaders from the developing world. We all have things to learn from each other, the north from the south and the east from the west, and in that regard, Atlas Corps is doing an amazing job!
Atlas Corps is an amazing organization that gives you an opportunity to build yourself as a non-profit leader. You are able to engage in meaning conversations with leaders from all over the world and links you to a host organization where you can share your expertise and also build more skills to be a better leader.
Atlas corps is indomitable and incomparable. The only international not-for -profit organisation that has succeeded so far within ten years of its existence in changing the world's perspective on social issues plaguing our different communities by linking social change professionals from all over the world not only to improve their skills in the USA, but to also share their experiences in their various field of expertise and to strengthen their host organisations.
"Atlas corps, you have proven to the world that although we are different colours from Africa, Asia, Europe, USA, we are one people. In fact, you are a very strong force to reckon with".