“Ambassadors” Prep for International Service

One of the most coveted volunteer opportunities at Lilly is that of a Connecting Hearts Abroad ambassador. Connecting Hearts Abroad sends at least 100 employees from different countries, job levels, and roles on a two-week assignment to provide assistance in developing communities.

As Michael Cloonan, an ambassador in Peru in 2012 said, “We all go away with so much more than we leave behind.”

Of the 10 service trips planned for 2014, a majority of ambassadors will apply general skills to assist in health clinics, care for children or the elderly, or work on community development projects. Other ambassadors will apply specialized skills in science and medicine to assist Lilly NCD Partnership global health sites in India and South Africa.

More than 1,000 employees from nearly 60 countries applied for a 2014 position, and last week we announced the new class. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 50 represent 34 countries outside the U.S.
  • 27 are from one of our five business areas
  • 43 represent research, manufacturing and quality, or global services
  • 30 are from the sales force

Upon returning from a service assignment, ambassadors will share their experiences and insights with colleagues through town hall style and team meetings, blogs, and videos to help inspire new ways of how Lilly can improve global health.

This group joins the more than 600 alumni of Connecting Hearts Abroad who have given 24,000 service hours since 2011. Project sites for 2014 include Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.

The first team of ambassadors will depart for Guatemala in May, and we’ll keep you updated on their progress throughout the year.