J’aime pas MacDo, mais j’adore mes collegues

Bonjour a tous!

It’s been another amazing week in Paris!  This week I’ve been trying to focus on getting closer to my coworkers and making sure I make relationships that will last even after I return to the United States.  I went out to prendre un verre with all my coworkers on Friday, went out dancing with one specific coworker Thursday night, and have gone shopping and for food more times in the last week than I have the rest of the summer.  It has been great getting to know my coworkers on a more intimate level, and they have all at some point in the last week come to me on their own about a personal problem/experience they were having that they wanted to share with me.  I think they would all consider me at least a buddy by now, if not a friend. Next weekend I have plans to take one of my coworkers out to celebrate getting her masters. This weekend I also watched France win the World Cup match against Argentina, and as close to a riot as socialists can make erupted in the streets of Paris.  It wasn’t Philly-winning-the-Superbowl levels of upset, but they tried, and it was fun to be a part of (although honestly, French riots aren’t nearly as fun since they got rid of the guillotine). I also experienced French McDonald’s (MacDo) for the first time with one of my coworkers this week. She is also foreign, although she is Argentinian, and so we were both disappointed, just in different ways.

The political and social factors that affect my organization’s industry typically fall under the umbrella of how conservative/liberal a government is, and how much money it has.  These factors are of great importance because they drive what governments are willing to do about the humanitarian issue we promote. Those governments that are more conservative tend to be less interested in our cause, as it is one that, to the uneducated/unwilling, can appear scandalous or immoral.  Conversely, liberal governments sometimes side against my organization in the debate over the issue we fight for. This is a very complex issue and it is difficult to know how a government will react, as very similar governments are often polar opposites on this issue (for example, Germany and Sweden).  Additionally, how rich a nation is is very relevant to my industry because if a nation does not have a lot of resources, they will typically not allocate many of them towards fighting prostitution and human trafficking, as those are symptoms of systemic problems that the government will often spend its money fighting instead.  My firm fits into the global system as a NGO fighting on the human rights field.

Until next time!