What I enjoyed most was to work different kinds of people at the Fishing School, the Port and Ministry Office because they were ambitious to learn, improve and grow in their professional positions. It gave me a sense of fulfillment to be able to contribute to their practical knowledge while also being a mentor to them.
However, it was not easy. After my first assignment for the period of 3 months, it was difficult to adjust to the socio-cultural norms as well as the Somali working culture and attitudes.
It took me a while to observe and understand how they communicate, collaborate and learn. But now after 6 months working with the local officials here, I can say I have found the right approach to facilitate knowledge transfer and change attitudes.