Fellow Kelly Vassar met with Djiboutian diplomats to help them increase their English language skills as a means to gain international contacts, explore educational opportunities and increase future job prospects. She introduced them to the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) and gave them presentations on the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the Regional Leadership Center.

Six outstanding diplomats decided to apply for the programs, so together they all worked on editing application questions, framing essay responses to display their skills and strengths and using professional vocabulary for interviews. Not only did they enhance their technical skills, but they also developed a strong rapport and became good friends. Vassar said, “she felt honored to help her Djiboutian colleagues enhance their English and assist them towards achieving their professional goals,” and that she learned a lot from them too.

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