What's New with PiLA! December 2018




Various Positions- Global Glimpse (Panama, Ecuador, Dominican Republic)
Global Glimpse is a highly selective, structured leadership program that launches motivated US high school students from a wide range of backgrounds into a fascinating, transformative international experience.

Our global network of dedicated and skilled staff, teachers and volunteers are committed to building a new generation of diverse young leaders who are equipped and inspired to tackle the social, political, and economic challenges of their generation.

Various PositionsGlobal Health Corps (Sub-Saharan Africa and United States)
Global Health Corps (GHC) is a growing movement of nearly 1000 young leaders who are changing the face of global health. We are searching for a diverse, resilient crew of 130+ changemakers committed to transforming health systems to join us.
If you want to grow as a leader and be part of a powerful global community working to build a better world, the health equity movement needs YOU! Apply to be a GHC fellow now through January 16, 2019. Here are some of our high impact fellowship roles on the front lines of global health in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the USA, and Zambia.

Director of PartnershipsSegal Family Foundation (Flexible location in U.S.)
At Segal, we believe in a world where development is steered by grassroots leaders and power is shifted into the hands of communities. We work across Sub-Saharan Africa and strive to be true partners to our grantees. We want to change the power dynamics inherent in traditional philanthropy and prove that a new, more equitable, and responsive approach is not only more fair, but more effective.

We support 200+ incredible organizations who are finding local and scalable solutions to Sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing development challenges. We offer our grantee partners financial and capacity building support, aimed at giving them a larger network of peer organizations and like-minded funders to share learnings and new opportunities as well as provide technical expertise.

Senior Research Associate & Associate Consultant/Consultant- Learning for Action (San Francisco, CA)
Learning for Action, a San Francisco-based, social-justice-oriented consulting firm is hiring. They have openings for a Senior Research Associate and an Associate Consultant/Consultant. Apply online by Dec 31. Please share widely and reach out to former PiLAnista Agnes Cho at agnes.cho@learningforaction.com if you'd like to learn more! 





America’s Quarterly Winter Issue

Americas Quarterly (AQ) is an award-winning publication dedicated to politics, business and culture in the Americas. Borrowing elements from The Economist, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic—but with a focus on Latin America. The winter issue focuses on Latin American urban visionaries: Fixing urban problems requires more than good policy, strong management and sufficient financing: It takes politicians, activists and entrepreneurs with vision and courage.

Inter-American Development Bank EdX
Looking to deepen your knowledge of Latin America over the break? The Inter-American Development Bank has a series of free courses,  Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), available at IDBx. Take courses ranging from Data for Policy Making to Water in Latin America. The list of available courses, some of which are being developed in partnership with leading universities, will continue to grow over time.

Princeton AlumniCorps ARC Innovator
ARC Innovators provides participants with opportunities to apply and expand their skills in a nonprofit setting through pro bono projects with our partner organizations. Innovators are come from all life stages and have a high level of professional skill that can be applied to any number of our projects. Our nonprofit partners are looking for Innovators who are ready to apply their skills toward a high-impact, short-term project. By bringing their expertise and a fresh perspective to bear on these projects, Innovators create lasting change while gaining valuable experience in a nonprofit setting. 






First Professional Development Panel for PiLA Alumni Complete!


On Thursday, December 6th, the PiLA Advisory Council held its first Professional Development Panel for current and former fellows at WeWork in New York City. During the panel, former fellows talked about their career paths after completing their respective fellowships. Many thanks to Nicole Amaral, Laura, Velez and Ronald Quintero for sharing their experiences!


Cojolya Pop Up Shop in NYC!

Cojolya is hosting a Pop Up Shop in NYC on December 23rd from 5:00-8:00pm at current PiLA fellow Julia Pretsfelder's apartment.  Anyone interested can email alumna Abigail Koffler at: abigail.koffler@gmail.com.






Mai Yer Xiong (2014-2015)

Placement Organization and Country: World Food Programme (WFP), Panama
Current Occupation: Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins University SAIS 
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Hobbies: Learning how to salsa better, reading novels about immigrant experiences, binge-watching “shows with strong female lead” on Netflix

What impact did PiLA have on you/your life?

My experience working in the Research Unit of the WFP as a PiLA Fellow confirmed my desire to work in development, challenged me to strengthen my technical skills and taught me about stakeholder management in a bureaucratic organization such as the UN. My PiLA Fellowship gave me the space to think critically about the development sector and analyze what role I wanted to play in this line of work. Additionally, I appreciated the language immersion experience and improved my Spanish skills tenfold after one year of eating, sleeping and breathing in Spanish.

What do you miss most about your PiLA year?

When I think back on my PiLA year, I feel nostalgic for jogs along Cinta Costera, a scenic walking path along Panama City’s coast, which served as a hub of social activities across all generations. I also miss the national staple patacones, double-fried plantains, and the empanadas from Los Venezolanos.

What was your favorite place in nature that you discovered during your PiLA year?

The beaches in Panama are simply amazing! If you’re looking for white sand and clear water, you won’t be disappointed. Panama has so much to offer in terms of beautiful places to hang-out in nature, but my favorite place was a secluded, hidden beach along the Atlantic coast with no name, at least not an official name that I can remember. And if asked to, I probably couldn’t point out where it is on a map. A Panamanian friend showed me that secret beach where he would take his friends and family to escape the bustle of the city and get away from it all to swim, eat and jam out to Plena music.

Restaurant recommendation in your current city:

Thip Khao, which serves the best Lao food in DC!


Question for the next spotlight:  What was one of your favorite cultural immersion experience during your PiLA year?

















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