Interview with Nick Maran, Mexico Regional Coordinator for the Global Heritage Fund
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Nick Maran served in the Peace Corps in Peru, about 15 hrs from Lima in a region considered to be the "Switzerland of Peru" because of its mountains and its milk and dairy industry. He was in the poorest town in the region, a small village that was suspicious of outsiders and very traditional – much more than the other villages. His assignment was youth development, working in health, in community economics while also farming in the fields with the rest of the village.
He also worked as an intern in the Foreign Policy department of the Clinton Foundation after his Peace Corps service. He joined the Foundation as an intern because he was looking for a more conventional experience after his Peace Corps stint that would allow him to take advantage of his travel and language experience in community development and his degree in international politics. He also wanted to work with an organization that has a broad reach that was effective, both hallmarks of the Clinton Foundation.
Today, he works as Mexico Regional Coordinator for the Global Heritage Fund, stationed in Oaxaca. He is scouting and meeting communities around areas that are rich in archeological sites to select potential locations for Fund projects. The Fund works with these communities to create economic development projects that help conserve the sites, often through tourism. He researches viable communities and sites that can serve as Fund sites for the next several years, where local people can be trained to create carvings of Peruvian artifacts for the tourist trade instead of importing tourist trinkets made in China to sell in local shops.
Nick Maran plans to study at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He will focus on the role of public and private institutions as it relates to social entrepreneurship in developing nations. He recognizes that to be a successful entrepreneur you have to go to another level, beyond the one-on-one work he has done to scaling up projects through relationships with as many partners as possible.
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