Six months in . . . The background.

I’m a classic INFP, in the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator.

If you don’t know your type I suggest you pop over here and take a free test. The description of your type will astound you. (Please finish reading first)

This article is actually the first of a three-part series. Be sure to follow me, you’ll get a reminder of my latest posts and you won’t miss out.

Back to the story:

I’ve seen INFP’s referred to as ‘dreamers, idealists’, or sometimes ‘healers’. I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the details of my type, however, as background, I’m sharing a few key INFP personality traits to help shed more light on the post you’re reading.

INFP’s are:

  • Focuses on making the world a better place for people
  • How can they best serve humanity in their lives
  • Constantly searching for value in life
  • Intuition is their guide and all knowledge and information gets sifted through their value system
  • Deeply concerned with the personal growth of themselves and others.
“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”
Leo Tolstoy, INFP

About six months ago, I left the States to pursue an opportunity. For years I wanted to live abroad but for the most part, the timing hadn’t been right.

Alas, I decided that if I continued to say, “maybe next year, or when this or that happens,” I would never actually do it.

So, I took off for a ten month trip to Peru.

My broad goals were to learn, understand, and participate in anything that had to do with economics in developing countries through first-hand experience. Beyond these generalities, I didn’t have specific goals, other than finding a way to make the world a better place and serve humanity. (Key INFP personality traits)

Some of my interest areas included: Micro-finance, NGO’s and non-profit charities, social enterprising, fair trade, and agriculture. I hoped I could draw from my background in sales, managing risk, the US Stock Market, and dairy farming to really make a contribution.

Additionally, I wanted to connect with a large variety of people, become familiar with the way social organizations work, and gain valuable experience in order to shift careers and begin working for the greater good.

Donating time for a few months to receive the kind of knowledge I seek seemed like a fair exchange and the best way for me to reach my goals.

As a caveat, I differ from many other travelers who plan trips abroad to gain experience for a few reasons.

First, I’m a bit later in life, I would say mid-career also a pleasant way of terming middle aged.

I’m also interested in the development of projects and not just the “hands-on” sort of role like many of my younger counterparts, i.e. teaching English, caring for children or animals, or constructing things. I was after a behind-the-scenes look as a skilled professional.

My next post will detail my experiences so far, the projects I’ve taken part in, and the people I’ve met. It’s called; Six Months In . . . Flowing Like the Land of Milk and Honey.

Finally, the third installment is called; Six Months In . . . Walking on the Opposite Side of the Street. I discuss what it’s actually been like to immerse into a culture far different from own, how I’ve felt, and what I’ve learned.

I invite you back to read the rest of Six Months In . . .

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
Princess Diana, INFP

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