Joseph Astrella


1-What prompted you to apply for a position?


Since I began studying political science at university, I have made it my goal to earn valuable work experience within the walls of a major inter-governmental organization. When I discovered that the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was looking for a volunteer, I knew that the position would be a perfect opportunity to experience a culturally diverse working environment which deals in international development and to strengthen my knowledge and understanding of how a UN agency operates.

2- What are you most proud of in your work with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat?


I am very proud to have been a part of the MPS team as a whole and I am thankful to have given this opportunity. However, I feel most proud that the team and I have successfully broadened the scope of the MPS social media outreach.

3- What does a normal day at work look like for you?


My duties are to research and update information regarding members of the Mountain Partnership, as well as draft and revise news stories and events pertaining to current mountain issues. Beyond those tasks, I collaborate with the team to use innovative methods to increase the audience on social media.

4- What advice would you give someone wishing to join as volunteer?


My advice would be to take great advantage of an opportunity to volunteer with the MPS and do not apply if you are not willing to contribute sincere effort. Working together with the supportive Mountain Partnership team, beneath the umbrella of FAO, allows you to thrive within a culturally diverse environment and further enhance your knowledge and analytic skills. The more effort that you put into your time spent, the greater the reward you will receive in return.

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