What's New with PiLA! August 2018





Sales Associate -- Adelante Shoe Company (New York, NY)
Adelante Shoe Co. is a mission-driven startup that operates without inventory and delivers made-to-order shoes direct-to-consumer within 10 days. Our handmade leather shoes are top-quality at half the price of comparable brands. Since they are made to order, our shoes are size, style, and color customizable. We experientially connect our customers with their craftsman from point of sale to delivery of product, and communicate the positive impact of the customer’s purchase.

Learning and Performance Assistant -- Population Services International (Washington, DC)
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work in over 50 developing countries and have been making people in those countries healthier for nearly 50 years. PSI’s strategic vision is to reimagine healthcare in the developing world by putting the consumer at the center of everything we do and, wherever possible, bringing care to their front door.

Various Positions -- Rustic Pathways (Dominican Republic or Costa Rica)
Rustic Pathways is partnering with Verto Education on a program that allows college-age students to travel and earn college credit. Rustic Pathways is running a pilot semester this fall in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica and hiring for a Program Advisor and several Adjunct Faculty positions in the areas of public health, identity politics & equity, sustainable food systems & the environment, and development theory.

Epidemiologist -- Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (Boston, MA)
The Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) is actively recruiting for an Epidemiologist. Successful candidates will be a Master's level epidemiologist or biostatistician. PHACS is a NIH-funded observational cohort study established in 2005 to address two critical pediatric HIV research questions: the long-term safety of fetal and infant exposure to prophylactic antiretroviral (ART) chemotherapy, and the effects of perinatally acquired HIV infection and ART treatment on the health of adolescents and young adults.

LEAPYEAR Group Leader -- Naropa University (Boulder, CO)
The LEAPYEAR program provides an international travel learning experience for a groups of up to twelve young adults ages 17 and older. The Group Leader, as part of a two-member team, plans, directs, and leads the international travel designed to provide language immersion, cultural exploration, and environmental service learning for the group. Together, the group leaders foster opportunities for personal growth in participants, acquisition of the skills required to be a smart and safe traveler, and ability to adapt to a culture that is not their own.

Internships with PiLA  -- (Princeton University)
Do you know any students, recent graduates, or retirees, etc. that would be interested in interning with PiLA? PiLA is now accepting applications! PiLA seeks up to three interns to enhance our program and its services in the following areas: Communications, Documentation, and Development. Interns are hired on a semester-by-semester basis. Internships are unpaid, but provide the intern with a valuable professional development opportunity.





Inter-American Development Bank and The Wilson Center: Evidence-Based Policy Approaches for Preventing Intrafamily Violence and Reducing Criminal Behavior in Latin America
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN is one of the world’s greatest public health problems and one of Latin America’s major development challenges. A series of studies commissioned by the Wilson Center and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank have begun to shed new light on the complex nature of this violence. Together, they contribute to evidence-based policy recommendations that could prevent the incidence of intrafamily violence and reduce the risks of future criminal behavior by affected children as they grow up.

The Brookings Institute: An Updated on Colombia Webcast
One of the United States’ closest allies in Latin America, Colombia is a critical player in the hemisphere. In a historic breakthrough after decades of intense civil war, the government of Colombia signed a peace deal with the leftist insurgency group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet Colombian citizens have mixed views of how successful the peace deal has been, and many aspects of the peace accord implementation have been challenging. How Colombia’s President-Elect Ivan Duque approaches the deal and its implementation creates further questions, as he has stated that the peace accord needs corrections.






August NYC Event Recap

PiLA alumni had a great night at Uptown Bounce, a free event by the Museo del Barrio and Museum of the City of New York. The museums are a block apart and each one offers food and drinks for sale, a dance floor, and after hours museum access (the Museo del Barrio is under renovation so they’re missing this part). We had a blast at the Museum of the City of New York: the dance floor was full of people of all ages and backgrounds, many still in their office clothes and the DJ was a middle aged woman who seemed to enjoy her work so much. The energy was insane and everyone was so supportive of the dancers, from the 11 year old girl dancing with her brother to the hospital worker in his Mount Sinai polo shaking it up. 

Our next PiLA event is coming this fall and we hope to see you there!






Nick Noel (2013-2014)

Placement Organization and Country: Endeavor Colombia
Current Occupation: Associate, McKinsey & Company
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Hobbies: Running, cooking, hiking, travel, and pretending to dance well :)

What impact did PiLA have on you/your life?

I can’t begin to describe the impact my PiLA fellowship had on my life. It’s where I really was able to learn Spanish, think through my passions for international development, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and meet lifelong friends who helped me believe in myself more and continue to pursue my dreams. Sometimes, I truly can’t believe I dropped everything to live in a foreign country on my own for a year. The love I have for the people I met and the culture I made my own is immeasurable. It was a pivotal moment in my life that completely changed its trajectory. After PiLA, I completed an MA/MBA dual degree program, traveled back to Latin America to work at the Inter-American Development Bank in Uruguay, started a career in management consulting with a focus on economic development, and have begun creating exploring opportunities to come back to Latin America to work in the private sector or with the government on a variety of important issues.

What do you miss most about your PiLA year?
Without a doubt I will miss being immersed in Colombian culture. I loved how it felt brand new, but still had a touch of familiarity because Colombia is very much a Caribbean and Western country, which speaks to both parts of my own cultural roots. What was brand new was spending my weekends in fincas in the mountains, riding the TransMilenio, learning Spanish slang, listening to Vallenato, and dancing Salsa. What was familiar was the Caribbean cuisine, discovering the hip-hop scene, the family-orientation of the culture, the celebratory ethos of every Colombian, and eating hamburgers at el Corral. I’ll never forget how amazed I was to see the entire city riding bicycles together on the main thoroughfares in Bogotá on Sundays, which were shut down for Ciclovía, and I’ll never forget the mix of expats, travelers, and native Colombians that let me be a part of their experience in such a magical place.

What do you wish you had known or had done differently during your PiLA year? 
The best part of PiLA was how challenging it was. Adjusting to the oxygen-level at nearly 9,000 ft above sea-level, learning how to communicate in Spanish to be competent at work, navigating a new culture, applying (and interviewing) for grad school, and finally, simply not knowing anyone very well created a lot of stress. There were a lot of days where I wanted to quit, and just go home. I  wouldn’t want to change how I went through any of those experiences because discovering how to overcome them really made me a stronger person, which motivated me to pursue even more ambitious goals in life. That being said, I wish I could have removed some of the internal pressure I put on myself to make the fellowship “worth-it”. Ninety-percent of what I had to do was show up in Bogotá, and trust that by being myself, and being open to the experience would provide me with the experience that I was looking for.

Restaurant recommendation in your current city:
La Xarcuteria
























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