How A WFP Volunteer Went Pro In Bolivia (Staff Interview)
Gaining access to out-of-reach communities is one of the most challenging parts of the job, says WFP field monitor Enoc Solis. After spending years as a dedicated volunteer for WFP, Enoc now monitors food aid deliveries throughout Bolivia. Enoc tells us about some of his most exciting experiences while working for WFP.
1) What is your job?
My job is to supervise and monitor the food that WFP delivers to towns here in Bolivia. I check whether the food we supply reaches the children and families who need it.
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2) What is the most difficult part of your job?
The most difficult part is trying to gain access to communities; though that hasn’t stopped me from doing my job. Risking my own life to save others, in each emergency operation, is probably the most challenging side to my work.
3) What did you do before entering WFP?
I attended college and supported a church with a group of children.
4) How did you find your way to WFP?
I started working at WFP as a volunteer, which lasted for over four years. My experience as a volunteer made me appreciate the work WFP does in Bolivia as well as the rest of the world. It showed me the importance of saving lives, bringing relief and hope to those who need it the most.
5) Which experience with WFP was the most exciting?
It was when I was working in Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS) between 2007 and 2008. WFP, with my help, was the first and only institution to successfully provide humanitarian assistance to the farthest indigenous communities of this country. At that time, the families of the area had lost everything due to the flood, including their houses and crops. It was very moving to see women with tears in their eyes receiving the food WFP had donated.
6) Which was the most frightening experience?
My most frightening experience was when I spent a night outdoors in the midst of a tropical storm. We were surrounded by wild animals that were looking for shelter, including snakes and crocodiles!
7) What is a humanitarian?
A humanitarian is a person that is willing to risk his or her life in order to serve others, regardless of someone’s race, gender, religion or political belief.
8) Are you a humanitarian?
Yes, I consider myself to be a humanitarian. WFP has taught me to serve society without expecting something in return. I have learned to do my job with joy and love for others, and there is no greater satisfaction than this.