Martin Hartmann ’92
Major: Business management and marketing
Now: Co-coordinator for orphan school project in Kabwe, Zambia, until June 2005 when he and his wife, Andrea moved to Germany; he co-coordinated the administration and finances for eight schools, catering to 4,100 pupils (mostly orphans) and 150 faculty and staff.
What are the most challenging and enjoyable aspects of your job?
All circumstances of running a project in Africa are highly challenging and motivating. New difficulties and unforeseen events happen all the time, which require interesting and creative solutions. There is no daily routine. I enjoy the work, especially administrative issues and logistical aspects, due to the variety involved.
How has your Goshen College experience shaped and prepared you for what you are doing now?
Through my business major, Goshen College gave me a good foundation for management and administration.
What are your vocation and life goals?
I am a manager by vocation. I excel at administration and organizational activities, regardless of the professional aspects of the job at hand. I strive for excellence in all of my tasks, and as a follower of Jesus Christ, my goal is to serve him in all that I do-in my personal lifestyle, my relationships and my profession.
How has Goshen’s motto, “Culture for Service,” impacted the way you choose to live and pursue your vocational calling?
I am not a Mennonite…however, as a committed Christian I share Goshen’s values and have been able to serve orphans and vulnerable people in Zambia. I agree with the motto, even if it wasn’t Goshen College that instilled it into me.
I have resigned from my position as project co-ordinator and will be leaving Zambia end of June 2005 together with my wife Andrea. We are not yet sure what we will be doing, but we are going to return to Germany and take up work there.