“Always be kind because you never know the impact of a simple act of kindness. It is the little acts of kindness that make a difference in the journey of life.” Caroline Barozi
After nearly five years as an Entebbe based national Information Systems Assistant for MONUSCO, Caroline Barozi was ready to expand her horizons and gain new experience. So, when the opportunity to serve UNISFA as a UN Volunteer presented itself eight months ago, she immediately accepted the offer.
She has not been disappointed; “I love my Job and working in a multicultural environment. It is a great learning curve. I value the opportunity to network presented because I believe that networking is a lifeline”. She works at the FTS Service Management Unit and her duties include connection to business applications including UN network, troubleshooting including fixing and configuration of software, among other duties.
Outside work, Abyei gives you an opportunity to learn about yourself because you spend a lot of time alone. I do a lot of reading, learning, and making new friends. I hope to join Abyei Early risers soon, although I am a late walker. Of course, the new experiences came with a myriad of challenges including being away from home and not having much to do outside the office. But Caroline is determined to make the best of the opportunity and not to lose focus.
My UNV experience has helped me greatly. I have learnt and I am always looking for opportunities to give back. I encourage others to develop the spirit of volunteerism which is very fulfilling. And she jokes that her dream of becoming a large-scale farmer is still valid.