Carmen Rodríguez

When you were ten years old, what did you think you would be doing today?

I do not remember what I was thinking when I was at the tender age of ten. I definitely did not think I was going to do what I am doing now! On the whole, at that age, I think we dream of being teachers or being police officers or fire fighters. We are mostly concerned with school and playing with our friends.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with somebody like Barack Obama, the US president. He is a person that inspires me and many other people, regardless of their personal political opinions. I think President Obama is a very visionary man. He seems to have each area of his life in the proper place.

Tell us what you do at the IFRC. What has your most rewarding experience been?

Currently, I am working at the reception desk. Each day of my work here is very gratifying. Every minute and every hour, I feel that I am a provider as well as a liaison for information to important contacts at both the national and international level. This greatly helps our team to achieve our work in a timely fashion and it helps us do our work well.

What inspired you to take this job?

To get to know  the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its humanitarian contribution to humanity from many areas and different parts of the world is of great satisfaction, either from the administrative position like mine, or from the work in field. I am currently completing the Bachelor of Community Development with an emphasis in Social Organization and Promotion and what better to inspire me than to be part of this organization.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when starting your work in the IFRC?

When I started one of my challenges was the new role of being in the reception for the Americas Zone, a position that requires organization and responsibility, but especially to project yourself in positive and charismatic way.

What advice do you have for people who aspire to start their career in a humanitarian organization?

My advice for those how have aspirations to be part of a humanitarian agency is not stop if they fail at the first opportunity. Our human contribution makes a difference to those who need it, and that makes it worthwhile.


Carmen Rodriguez

Reception, Americas zone office, Panama