Volunteer Name: Peter Johnson
Background: U.S. Army & Bus. Finance
Title: International Finance & Accounting Intern
Sector: WAMM Operations
Projects: Risk Analysis & Accounting
Achievements: Biggest Sustainable Impact
I chose WAMM because they offered an opportunity for me to see how people in Sierra Leone live and assisted in finding a way I could better their living conditions through my education and personal background. WAMM also provided an internship for me, which was a great way to earn credit for my degree completion. Finally, I had the chance to travel and see the world with my wife, who also volunteered with WAMM.
Upon graduation from high school I wanted to travel the world and find a way to have my higher education paid for, so I decided to join the U.S. Army. I spent just under four years working for the army and traveling to 14 different countries. I also had the opportunity to work hard and earn my promotion to sergeant which allowed me to be a squad leader. After my departure from the military, I started my higher education at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. I pursued my undergraduate degree in business administration with a finance emphasis. I will be graduating from the business program in December of 2012.
Innovating Sustainable Cost Accounting Policies
My biggest accomplishment was expanding a sustainable finacial structure to scale into the future for WAMM. An extensive portion of managing this project involved researching financial documentation to organize cashflows while also reviewing internal expense reports to establish financial templates for more effective cost accounting.
Each Year: 100%
of WAMM's International Volunteer Program fees are budgeted to finance on-the-ground program operations in Sierra Leone.