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…

Redefining Learning Spaces

I am currently working as an intern at UNESCO – Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on a project known as the Global Learning XPRIZE. The Global Learning XPRIZE is a worldwide competition launched by the XPRIZE Foundation for the development of open source and scalable software applications to promote children’s literacy and numeracy. I consider…

Policy options for Productive Use of Remittance in Nepal: Learning from Philippines

Article adapted from: Policy options for Productive Use of Remittance in Nepal: Learning from Philippines Migration and remittance are getting increasing attention globally because of its remarkable increase within 30 years in the wake continued to shrink in foreign aid and vulnerable Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The inflow of remittance to the developing country has…

Building Relationships And Friendships With Refugee Claimants at MCRS

    Background This spring term is a very exciting term for me! The reason is that I get to spend it as a client support intern with the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support (MCRS) in Kitchener, Ontario. MCRS is a charitable organization that provides support to refugee claimants from A to Z. As such,…

Ghana: Started From the Bottom and Now We’re Here

I began my Uniterra placement with WUSC Ghana local offices in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. I stayed in the volunteer guesthouse where I was welcomed along with four other WUSC volunteers by our wonderful landlords, Jasper and Prof Kate. Along with my new friends, we travelled to Cape Coast where we visited the…

Learning from Fishing Villages

This summer I am working as a Project Officer intern at NIRMAN in Bhubaneswar, India. NIRMAN is a grassroots organization that works to promote equitable, just, resilient and a sustainable human-environment system. My tasks for the summer will include writing project proposals for livelihood generation for local fishing villages.             During my first week in…

Expectations Vs. Reality

First weeks in Yangon, Myanmar As Cuso International’s new Sustainable Tourism Development Advisor in Yangon, Myanmar, I am responsible for researching best practices to support the building of environmentally sustainable tourism businesses in Myanmar. In preparation for this internship, I kept in mind that I wanted to have the “tourist experience” in my free time…

No excuses when it comes to Sustainability

Conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East, have hindered the ability of many people to develop economically and take sound actions to address environmental issues. However, in recent years, there have been many initiatives taken by NGOs and local communities that allow people who have suffered from conflict to develop in a more…

Reflections on Gender Mainstreaming in Development

As development practice practitioners, I think that it is extremely important to always reevaluate what we have learned in order to challenge certain traditional ways of thinking. I believe that many of us have refreshed our previous experiences these past two terms with the hopes that we can integrate our knowledge into our internships. For…