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Terry's Peace Corps Experience: 27 Months Volunteering in Kazakhstan
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Sunday, 2 April 2006
Description of Service (DOS)
DESCRIPTION OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICE

This is the final document that I will submit to the Peace Corps. Basically, it summarize the work that I have completed while volunteering in Kazakhstan. I think it gives a good overview of my activities over the last 27 months, so I thought I would share it on my blog.

Terry began Pre-Service Training on March 3, 2004 in Issyk, Kazakhstan. This 10-week training program included the following components:

Language 148 hours
Cross Culture 20 hours
Technical Training 71 hours
Medical/Admin./Safety 28 hours

After successful completion of training Terry was sworn into the Peace Corps on May 13, 2004 and assigned to work at IBC Group in Uralsk, West Kazakhstan Oblast.

Highlights of Experience at IBC Group:
•Provided business consulting and training to over 120 small and medium enterprises in Uralsk and the West Kazakhstan Oblast

•Consulted and provided training across microcredit financing, business incubator and internet business divisions at IBC Group

•Launched and established sustainable internet division that generated revenue 4x target in first six months; Part of long term corporate social responsibility program with Karachaganak Petroleum b.v.

•Managed team that designed, developed and over 15 sites in region and launched Sharepoint intranet portal for largest oil company in region
•Created and launched new IBC Group website (www.ibcgroup.kz), corporate identity and advertising campaign

•Coordinated with international donor organizations and consultants to provide financing and consulting support to IBC; Generated over $380,000 in social grants for IBC Group

•Participated as speaker at national conferences on corporate social responsibility (CSR)
•Worked with global oil firms on promoting business and economic change and delivering successful CSR programs in Uralsk

•Helped establish KACEBI (Kazakhstani American Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation)

•Established first mini MBA, advanced mini MBA, advertising, direct and database marketing training programs and first orphanage computer training, an orphanage technical training program at IBC

Primary Assignment Details (IBC Group – Uralsk, Kazakhstan):

Terry was involved in the following areas of activity at IBC Group:

1.Supporting and establishing the IBC Group Internet Division

2.Supporting IBC Group social projects and trainings

3.Supporting IBC Group Business Incubator

4.Supporting the IBC Group Microcredit Loan Fun

IBC Group Background:

The IBC Group is a non profit organization located in Uralsk, Kazakhstan. IBC was founded in 1998 by Zinad Musina to help support small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurialism and social projects in the West Kazakhstan Oblast (WKO).

Since 1998, Zinad and her team have launched three key divisions of the IBC Group.

West Kazakhstan Business Incubator: The incubator supports small and medium size businesses by providing rental space and special services to clients. Clients that qualify for the incubation service at IBC receive subsidized rent for the first 6 months and rent at the bottom of the market rental rate for up to three years. In addition, IBC provides clients a wide range of services including: Internet access, photocopying, fax and training sessions. Currently, IBC rents space to 28 tenants.

West Kazakhstan Public Fund for Entrepreneurial Support: This division provides small/micro credit loans to qualified small and medium enterprises in the West Kazakhstan Oblast.

IBC Internet Division: The most recent addition is the Internet Division. Today we manage a fully sustainable Internet division that consists of local designers and technology experts, project managers, translators and interpreters, marketing and expat specialists that continually provide training to the local staff. Each project that the IBC Internet Division launches helps support other IBC divisions and funds new social and economic development projects in the WKO.

Posted by youngterry at 1:53 AM CST
Updated: Sunday, 2 April 2006 1:55 AM CST
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