Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group                                Aydan Rzayeva is the selected professional fellow from Azerbaijan who will be working with the city of Sequim and living with local host families from Oct. 13-Nov. 13.

Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group Aydan Rzayeva is the selected professional fellow from Azerbaijan who will be working with the city of Sequim and living with local host families from Oct. 13-Nov. 13.

Professional fellow from Azerbaijan working with city of Sequim

SEQUIM — State Department Professional Fellow Aydan Rzayeva from Azerbaijan is living with Sequim host families and working with the city of Sequim through Nov. 13.

American Councils, a nonprofit that administers the Professional Fellows Program, competitively selects fellows and short-term host families in the city he or she will be involved in.

This year, Rzayeva was Sequim’s selected professional fellow. She arrived Oct. 13.

Rzayeva works in Baku, the nation’s capital, for the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the human resource and training department.

She works on promoting public service accessibility among citizens and is passionate about public service and human resources.

“I love Sequim a lot,” Rzayeva said. “You can see the mountains and the trees; the nature is really amazing.”

Rzayeva has participated in such city events as the Business Blitz and city council meetings.

She said she has enjoyed getting to know the people in the Sequim community.

“What I love here is the volunteers,” she said. “I really love people trying to help their city and trying to be involved in the process.”

Rzayeva said she is visiting some of Sequim’s lavender farms this weekend with her host family.

She tried Thai food for the first time.

Rzayeva said she hopes to continue working with the city.

She suggested the possibility of doing “trainings together, or we can share ideas,” she said.

To learn more about the Professional Fellows Program, visit exchanges. state.gov/non-us/program/professional-fellows- program.

________

Erin Hawkins is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach her at ehawkins@sequimgazette.com.

More in News

About 30 sailboats compete in the Port Townsend Sailing Association’s 33rd annual Shipwrights Regatta on Port Townsend Bay on Saturday. More of a fun event than a sailing competition, awards are given out during a pizza party afterward for the most navigationally challenged (Directional Helmet trophy) and for the “saltiest” boat and crew. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Shipwrights Regatta

About 30 sailboats compete in the Port Townsend Sailing Association’s 33rd annual… Continue reading

The City of Sequim hosts 13 manufactured home/mobile home parks with 596 existing units and 786 approved dwelling units. City staff continue to look into zoning options that could protect these sites from redevelopment to help protect affordable housing options in the city. (City of Sequim)
Sequim extends its mobile home moratorium

City staff to work preserving manufactured housing option

Olympic Medical Center chief outlines efforts at improvements

Decreased number of travelers among them

Jay and Trudi Inslee wear red for #WearRedDay to support women’s heart health in 2022. (Jay Inslee)
Gov. Inslee reflects in his final year of three terms

On the second level of the white and gray marbled… Continue reading

KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer as coworker Robert Bufford prepares to secure the load as the pair prepares to open the parking lot at Port Angeles City Pier to automobiles on Friday. The work was part of a project to improve storm drainage, replace damaged sidewalks and ADA ramps and mitigate shoreline erosion around the lot, which had been closed since early January. Tree replacement and other project detail work is expected to follow over the next few weeks.
City Pier parking open

Chris Johnson of Nordland-based Nordland Construction loads traffic drums onto a trailer… Continue reading

Sequim Citizen of the Year luncheon on Tuesday

Emiko Brock, Labbe, Olsen to be honored

EYE ON THE PENINSULA: Broadband, public health before county boards

Government meetings across North Olympic Peninsula

A pair of Clallam Transit buses sit at The Gateway Transit Center in Port Angeles in preparation for their fixed-route runs on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Clallam Transit sees large rise in ridership

No issues seen with new zero-fare policy

Plans move ahead for Quilcene skate park

Jefferson County, volunteers seek grants

Peninsula College Foundation reports record levels of giving

Programs, students both recipients of funds

County to repave section of Carlsborg Road

Clallam County commissioners will consider awarding a contract for… Continue reading

A paving crew from Lakeside Industries replaces pavement on the Waterfront Trail and the entrance to the Port Angeles City Pier parking lot on Wednesday as part of a project to improve sidewalks and storm water drainage around the site. The project is expected to be substantially completed and the parking lot reopened by mid-March. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Angeles City Pier

A paving crew from Lakeside Industries replaces pavement on the Waterfront Trail… Continue reading