Nepal ICS

Conquering Challenges: Life of a Country Operations Manager Pradeep Raj Giri

11th May 2018

Born and raised in Chitwan, Pradeep Raj Giri is the Country Operations Manager (COM) in Raleigh International Nepal. With the academic background in social work, conflict, peace and development studies, he started his career as an academic associate in Kadambari Memorial College. After that, he did a three-month course in Peace Studies in India which led him to volunteer for a year in Corrymeela Community in Northern Island. He has his mentor Michael Fryer to thank for this volunteering opportunity that changed his life. He has also worked in All Hands Volunteers as a Community Trainer and Operations Manager. Pradeep joined Raleigh in 2017 and has been running the show behind the curtains of operations team. Here is what he has to say about his Raleigh journey and experiences.

What motivated you to join Raleigh International Nepal?

Two things: Youth and Volunteerism.

I have always been passionate about working with youths and understanding their perceptions. So much that the topic of my thesis during my undergraduate degree was coping mechanisms during break-ups in youths and I did my masters dissertation in “International Youths: Why do they come to Nepal to volunteer?” Youth energy is one of the key factors that makes Raleigh what it is. To have a significant role to play in it, is one of the reasons that motivated me.

Another reason is volunteerism. I think volunteering is a tool to taste different things and to enhance your career prospect. There are no baggage and people are always ready to teach you. I understood this because as a social work student, I was given the opportunity to volunteer in different organizations. The core realization of its importance came to me when I volunteered in Corrymeela Community. It changed me as a person. In Nepal, there are not enough opportunities for the youths to volunteer. Even though it is deep rooted in our culture through practices such as ‘guthi systems’, it still hasn’t been institutionalized enough. I like to go and tell the youth that volunteerism is not about an organization, but it is a platform where you can learn many life skills. Here, I have a chance of doing just that and I love it.

 

What do you love the most about your job?

Constant challenges. That is what I love the most about my job. Every day is a new day here. Nothing is persistent. I have that challenge where the phone could ring any minute at night and something could go wrong in the communities. I have the challenge where I must be ready always and deal with similar problems in different scenarios with even different strategies. I love the sensation of accomplishing those challenges. Dealing with them gives me job satisfaction.

What do you want to achieve this year?

This year, I want to see more Nepali volunteers participating in the programs. When I see them empowered and strengthened, it would be a big achievement for me. I want to see the youths become better at everything. Personally, I do not want to force myself to reach one place. I just want to do better in every aspect I can.

Is there any message you want to give to the youths?

More exposure you get, better person you can be. So just keep exploring!

 

 

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