USAID's DLI-17 class is a fairly big class of 45 people. Many people came with experience in the development world but there are also a good number of people that came in with none. Almost everyone has some international experience of some sort but there are a few that also have none.
In terms of demographics, age-wise, the mean tends to be in the late-twenties to the mid-thirties. However, we have some in the mid-twenties and others in the 40+.
In terms of education, most everyone has a graduate degree but there are some exceptions. A large number have degrees from prestigious universities in the US.
The majority of people have significant others of some sort. Those who have not reached the relationship point of engagement though tend to be facing the upcoming issue of how to maintain the relationship with the spouse having very limited job options when following overseas. At least when overseas, the decision of the spouse working won't be a deciding factor whether you'll be able to put food on the table and more of a means for self-satisfaction, fulfillment, or ambition.
As a whole, the class is very ambitious, intelligent, and committed to the objectives of USAID and passionate about helping others and seeing improvement in the lives of others around the world. USAID is undergoing a number of reforms to re-establish itself as the world's premier development agency and promoting the importance of development to our nation's prosperity and security. I feel very optimistic and confident in facing the challenges to come.
|With Agency Counselor Bambi Arellano after Orientation Graduation - 4/15/2011.|