Jainaba Jobarteh is a tri-lingual pediatrician who fully understands the value of speaking multiple languages. Having grown up in Gambia speaking English and Mandingo, she eventually went on to become fluent in Spanish after moving to Madrid with her family to accept a position at a highly esteemed hospital. Jainaba Jobarteh recommends considering learning a foreign language for the following reasons:
- Learning a new language helps you develop new ways of communicating with people of different backgrounds. Being limited by one language means that you are limited to communication with groups of people who may be quite similar to you in a number of ways while learning a new language completely opens up new opportunities.
- Language learning can be a creative process as a result of needing to figure out new ways to describe or explain something that you can’t automatically say in a way that is natural or comfortable. You may find yourself inventing new words and concepts simply to get a point across, which can be a bonding experience in and of itself.
- Learning a foreign language helps build confidence. Being able to manage difficult conversations or situations in a foreign language can make anyone feel like they’ve grown two inches. You’ll be surprised by your capacity to function in the world in a different manner.
Jainaba Jobarteh began taking Spanish lessons while she studied medicine in the United States and has continued with her love of the language after moving to Spain with her family. Her children are fluent in the language as well.
Jainaba Jobarteh knows that sometimes, it can feel difficult to shine in a crowd. As a young woman, new to Mzuzu to study medicine in her twenties, Jainaba Jobarteh understands the anxiety of trying to fit in when the situation feels unfamiliar and intimidating. She recommends keeping the following in mind to those who are trying to feel more comfortable and secure in their social skills.
Watch the people that you consider to have good social skills. How do they interact with others? What do they do with their bodies? How do they move through a conversation? These are good questions to ask as you consider how you would like to be perceived in social settings.
Set realistic goals, especially in the beginning. Setting a goal to be a motivational speaker in a month may not be the best idea. Deciding to compliment a store owner or someone in the street on an item of clothing may work better. Taking small opportunities to practice throughout the day is far less intimidating than a large, lofty goal.
Make improving your social skills a priority and take steps each day to improve. Start in settings that make you feel comfortable, such as a small group of friends or family, and gradually work your way up to unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations, like a mixer or work party.
Born in Gambia, Jainaba Jobarteh is dedicated to helping others feel secure in their abilities to interact with others to put their best foot forward. She lives in Madrid with her husband and children.
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Jainaba Jobarteh knows that becoming a volunteer is one of the many elements of a healthy society. As a medical doctor who has served with numerous organizations to bring healthcare to those who need it the most, she is dedicated to helping people from all walks of life find volunteer opportunities that will benefit everyone involved, such as the following:
Volunteering with your local church is one way to begin donating your time if you don’t know exactly where to get started. Many churches will have food banks, holiday events, food drives, construction endeavors, mission trips, and many more activities that you will be able to choose from.
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Schools are always in need of passionate volunteers. If you love spending time with children or simply enjoy being in the classroom, teachers are looking for dedicated people to bring new skill sets and thought processes that they can expose to their students. You may even consider volunteering with an organization that specifically partners with schools so that you can take part in the provided programming.
If you have the desire to make an impact on a one-to-one basis, consider volunteering with a mentorship program that pairs adults with children in need of another adult who takes an interest in their lives and provides extra support that so many young people need.
Jainaba Jobarteh is dedicated to making the world a brighter place by providing numerous opportunities to make a difference. She is of Gambian descent and lives in Madrid with her husband and three children. They are active community members and frequently host charity events.