An enriching field placement experience with World Accord – Maria Carmona

  Source: John Moore via Getty Images This poignant image of a crying two-year old Honduran girl at the U.S.-Mexico border photographed by Pulitzer-prize winner John Moore in June 2018 went viral. The photo fanned the flames on the heated discussions on the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for illegal border crossing. The Trump administration reported…

World Government Summit

Back in February, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai along with eight other UWaterloo graduate students from the Faculty of Environment. Reflecting back, I do not know where to begin to explain the exhilarating and whirlwind of an experience! Trying to see all the keynote speakers of…

From Mexico to Canada – My Decision to Become an MDP student

My decision to become an MDP student has lead me into a path of new experiences and delightful moments, as well as deep self reflections and some hard moments. Here are some thoughts on how my personal experience has been, as well as a little background on my life. Before coming to UW, I was…

GENDER-EMPOWERMENT IN WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE WORST PLACE TO BE A WOMAN.

From gender-empowerment to agro-ecology, to human-rights based approach to solving social issues, these are the specific areas of development I have been working on for the last three (3) months with an international development organization in Waterloo, Ontario called World Accord. I must confess these are not my core areas of interest in development, but…

Final Reflections on my Summer in India

I have spent the last 3 months living in the city of Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha, India. I have been interning as a Project Officer Intern at the organization NIRMAN, which is a grassroots organization that works to promote equitable, just, resilient, and sustainable human-environment systems. During my time here I have learned…

Water: The Holy Grail of Human Life

“Water is life” is a known fact, but its significance can be understood in the most remote villages of the world. My internship at Global Medicare Foundation in Cameroon helped me gain deeper insights into the reality of the water, sanitation, and health (WASH) situation and its impact on the community of a village called…

Community Conservation – Spurring Development in Uganda

I have just returned from my three month internship in Uganda and it was quite the ride. I was working with a local NGO, the Uganda Volunteer Development Association, who partnered with UNESCO’s World Heritage Volunteer Initiative. The project was aimed at sensitizing local communities around Uganda’s two main Natural World Heritage Sites; Rwenzori Mountains…

Indonesia – Aspiring for Sustainability

It is hard to believe that I am heading towards the last of my 3-month placement in Indonesia. For the duration of my time here, I figured two important rules quickly. One, everyone is always late and nothing takes place on time. Two, when crossing the street, do not show fear, the drivers will sense…

Learning With Lemurs

I have just finished my 3-month placement with the organisation Sustainable Environment, Education and Development (SEED) Madagascar in the south east towns of Fort Dauphin and Sainte Luce, in Madagascar. I’ve learned a great deal from my time in Madagascar, through travelling, working in a forest, and being surrounded by like-minded people. One lesson I…

Learning Through Cocoa

During this summer I have been working with Peru Cocoa Alliance as a Uniterra volunteer, where my role is Communication and Dissemination Officer for financial education. I am working to create a communications kit that includes information outlining the roles of the individuals, groups and organizations that play a role in the financial education of…