By Aidan Dunn- Intern at the Global Autism Project (and self-professed lazy introvert)

It’s the first blog post of the new year here at the Global Autism Project. For this week’s post, I thought I’d talk about SkillCorps- our (recently trademarked!) division that works overseas to train staff at Autism Centers. If you’d like a personal account of what life as a SkillCorps member is like… read a different post. I’m not a member of the SkillCorps. I work at the foundation headquarters in Brooklyn within walking distance from my house. I am incredibly introverted and haven’t traveled by plane in years (both on account of my introvertedness and my crippling fear of heights). My relation with the SkillCorps is entirely via my support from home. Here at HQ, one of the jobs that sometimes comes up is packaging supplies or holiday gifts and sending them along to our volunteers around the globe. On any given day I might be called on to work editing our databases for them or dropping off supplies at the post office for them. It’s kind of interesting how someone can support those they don’t even know. I guess it’s something of a microcosm of our work here in general.

The work that the people in our SkillCorps do really is fascinating. To be able to leave one’s home and family in order to improve the lives of autistic youths around the world is an amazing cause and I greatly admire their skill and determination.

I think someday I would like to apply to become a SkillCorps member. The problem is I’m not sure how I’d be able to function away from home for so long. I don’t speak any languages but English (frankly I’m not very good at speaking english) and I’m not really good at talking to people either. That said, I’ve always wanted to do something in the world. To become something like a diplomat or a political advisor is something of a dream of mine. Becoming a SkillCorps member would be a step in the right direction then.

That’s all for now. I’ll write again soon.

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