America's Unofficial Ambassadors

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AUA Webinar Tomorrow: “Becoming a Practition​er in Developmen​t and Relief” with Jessica Alexander

Tomorrow, May 7th 2014, at 12 pm EST, America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is excited to host a special webinar with Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and out of Humanitarian Aid. Jessica’s new book chronicles her experiences as a humanitarian aid worker in Rwanda, Darfur, Sierra Leone and Haiti, offering a strikingly honest account of the real challenges, heartbreaks and small victories of her service in the field. To register for the webinar, email

Here is a brief introduction to Chasing Chaos:

“In Chasing Chaos, Jessica Alexander serves up a sharp critique of the multi-billion dollar humanitarian aid industry, wrapped in a tender coming-of-age story. Her quietly evocative prose recreates the painful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious experience of marching into ‘the field’ of armed conflict and disaster to relieve suffering, supported by donations from those who expect heroism. With remarkable honesty and empathy, Alexander reveals how absurd and presumptuous it is to imagine we can fix the world and, even more profoundly, why we must continue to try. An important book.” —Sheri Fink, New York Times bestselling author of Five Days at Memorial

Jessica gave a discussion on the book on October 21st 2013, at the New Ridgefield Library in Ridgefield, Connecticut where she also gave a reading and answered questions from the audience. Watch here on CSPAN.

For unofficial ambassadors, Jessica’s story offers lessons and insights they’ll be able to carry with them into their service abroad. While her work is an inspiration, her honest firsthand accounts also reveals the nature of international human development programs and the real world factors at play in service abroad. Follow this link to learn more about Jessica’s book and hear what others are saying.

There is limited space available for this event, so please RSVP today. Hope to see you online!


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