A former Peace Corps language trainer and cultural awareness adviser, Ousmane is excited about a second year of service as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. His personal motto is “To help others while expecting nothing in return is to help yourself,” and this year he hopes to live this out throughout continued recruitment of and support for volunteer mediators.
When he embarked on his first year of service last year, Ousmane observed, “The goal of my professional life so far has been building bridges between people. Through my AmeriCorps service, I hope to use my skills in training, volunteer recruitment and management, and community mobilization to support projects that bring help and hope to people in need.”
This year, Ousmane cites his ability to maintain a good sense of humor and fluency in four languages as skills he brings to his service. At the same time, Ousmane hopes to develop additional skills and a professional network that will allow him to continue working in the nonprofit or government sector.