Back in 2013, I was looking for a way to use my skills for good when I stumbled upon United Nations Volunteers, which matches professionals across the world with not-for-profits.


It wasn't long before I had an assignment.


For several weeks, I worked virtually with the Association of African Entrepreneurs based in Ghana to organize and write their contribution to the Annual Ministerial Review for the High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which was held in Geneva in July 2013. The theme that year was "Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture in promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals".


It was challenge — using Skype and email as the means to communicate with a wide range of small, sometimes rural, businesses, organizing the submissions, and editing the final product — but the result was a well-rounded document that clearly represented the organization's accomplishments and future needs.

As new opportunities arise through UN Volunteers, I hope to take on an equally fulfilling project in 2020.

© 2020 Amber Schönhaar Nickerson