PassportPhotoFrom New York to Uganda is all about my time in Uganda with Peace Corps. But let me start by stating that I’m not originally from New York, the from only indicates my whereabouts chronologically. After spending my first 18 years raised in sheltered, suburban Minnesota going by Derek, the oldest of five siblings, I spent a year learning and growing in Central and South America through new responsibilities, language, and friendships. The year of lessons learned, mistakes made, and new perspectives discovered all prepared me to continue seeking unfamiliar contexts and attend McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Upon completion of my Bachelors of Commerce in Managing for Sustainability with minors in Environment and International Business in 2015, I made my way to NYC to work for Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian aid organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.

My upbringing, siblings and friends along with travel and work experiences have all contributed towards fulfilling my childhood dream to join and to further the mission of the Peace Corps:

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

I look forward to sharing my experiences, thoughts, photos, and perspectives with you as I navigate on this journey.

All photos on this site were taken by me, Derek Smith, unless otherwise stated, as I’ve been living and working in Uganda as an Agribusiness Advisor with the Peace Corps.