Thiago reflects on his time with UNODC
Navigating in Halong Bay, Vietnam
My six-month placement as a Junior Professional Consultant in the regional UNODC office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific located in Bangkok brought me great experiences both at the personal and professional levels. It allowed me to do meaningful work while gaining valuable experience in project management as well as the United Nations structure.
My main duties were centered on research, analysis and management. While working in Bangkok, I got to develop the project for the expansion of UNODC’s Container Control Programme to five new countries and establish a new way to monitor the results of this programme’s capacity building activities at a global scale. In addition, I also had to perform bi-weekly intelligence bulletins based on relevant confidential and open source information that were sent to our beneficiary agencies in all of Southeast Asia. In order to translate this bulletin in all the languages of our beneficiaries, I had to
I believe nevertheless that the personal experiences that I gained by living in a country with such a distinct culture from my own was as valuable as my work experience. Traveling in Thailand and its neighboring countries, visiting Buddhist temples, ruins of the old Angkor empire, and pristine beaches were definitely a highlight of my time there. Nevertheless, the thing that I’m most grateful for is the people I’ve met and the great friends I’ve made along the way.
Visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat in CambodiaHaving lunch with young Monks in a Buddhist temple at the border of the Mekong River in Lao