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Charlotte Whyte – Blog 4: Ideas on “Helping”

One of the most influential conversations of my internship happened about a month after I arrived. One of the staff members at the school asked me about my reasons for applying and taking this internship and in response to my… Continue Reading →

Rachel Lynch – Blog 3: The Shifting Value of Girl’s Education

As a part of my Capstone Project I have facilitated discussions with women’s groups on their educational background, barriers to receiving education in Zambia, and how perceptions of educating girls have evolved over the past few decades. Most of the… Continue Reading →

Nick Harrison – Blog 4: The beautiful nature of small communities

There’s something about small communities that I love. The familiar faces and open spaces that are typical of small communities are things that make me feel like I’m at home. I think growing up in a small community has made… Continue Reading →

Mackenzie Martin – Blog 4: Community and the importance of consistency

One of the programs that MSRI runs under the arm of the volunteer coordinators are workshops for the refugees and asylum-seekers registered with MSRI. These workshops typically fall under two themes, either health awareness or vocational training. They range from… Continue Reading →

Kanika Varma – Blog 3: I’m lucky, I’m so incredibly lucky.

This month has been full of reflections and gratitude, the inspiration for this blog came from a museum visit to Tokyo and a conversation with my little sister. I was telling her about Japan and all the things that have… Continue Reading →

Ratana Ly – Blog 1: Spiritual beliefs and Cambodia

I revisited my spiritual beliefs during the fieldwork in Cambodia last summer. Shortly before I took the bus alone from the capital to Kratie province to conduct the fieldwork, a friend attempted to amuse me with a “real” ghost tale…. Continue Reading →

Courtenay Jacklin – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

Dear Future Intern, Each time I’ve sat down to write this final blog post, I haven’t been able to find the words to finish the sentences I start.   I wish I could express the thoughts and feelings inspired my… Continue Reading →

Mikaela Chia – Blog 3: From Here to There and Here Again: Contrasts, Intersections, and Gol Guppa

Confusion. Challenges. Happiness. Connection. Consuming culture. (Un)learning. Relearning. Humility. Confidence. Excitement. Exhaustion. Laughter (often at myself, or at our Google-translate mediated conversations). Silence. Dancing. Sitting. Frustration. Joy. It has been 4 months since I moved from the quaint city of… Continue Reading →

Jacob Derksen – Blog 3: Asia-Afrika and the “Spirit of Bandung”

This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the 2nd Biennial International Conference on International Relations & 12th Congress of Asian Political and International Studies Association 2018 (lets just call it ICON-IR 2018). It was definitely a highlight… Continue Reading →

Kanika Varma – Blog 2: Home-making and Settling in

The city of Yokohama, where I will be based for the entirety of my internship, is one of the most international cities in Japan. It is known as a trade and business centre located near Tokyo. CITYNET’s office is in… Continue Reading →

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