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Rachel Lynch – Blog 4: The Maize of Zambian Culture

Throughout international development circles, agriculture and food security forums, and foreign aid distributors, the issue of decreasing Africa’s dependence on maize and diversifying agriculture sources is a constant topic of conversation. Admittedly, I’ve had at least a couple dozen of… Continue Reading →

Alanya Dhalla – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern…

Dear future intern, It has been around a month since I have returned from Asia and I am still processing the experience. It is challenging to compile all the lessons I have learned and the memories I have made for… Continue Reading →

Mikaela Chia – Blog 4: “Speak Up” and Asking “more”?

For every 100 000 people in India, there are 0.3 psychiatrists. That number is even lower when it comes to nurses (0.12), psychologists (0.07) and social workers (0.07); and even still, of the services available, only 12% of mental health… Continue Reading →

Kanika Varma – Blog 4: Foreign Aid is Friendly Fire

During my internship at CITYNET I have had the chance to read and talk about NGO work and Foreign Aid repeatedly. Out of curiosity, I began looking at debates on whether foreign aid helps or worsens the situation for receiving… Continue Reading →

Lynn Ng Yu Ling – Blog 2: Time Flies…

It’s almost the end of the first semester at UVic, and it’s been an amazing experience so far. Needless to say I am bombarded with work and other responsibilities, but it’s not really an issue if you have amazing friends… Continue Reading →

Jacob Derksen – Blog 4: What do I know?

What comes to mind when you think of Indonesia? What do you know about it? I certainly didn’t know much before taking an Anthropology of Southeast Asia class last year, but even after that I was left with many more… Continue Reading →

Clara Harding – Blog 4: Interdependence, community and feeling at home

It has always taken me awhile to feel comfortable around people and to be myself; in new settings I take my time observing, thinking and ‘figuring things out’ before I jump in. Living in India has required me to push… Continue Reading →

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 →

Alanya Dhalla – Blog 4.5: It’s all about the people…

On a recent trip to Khao Yai National Park with some friends, I was reminded about the importance and significance of everyday connections and interactions. I often find myself taking pictures of the scenery or forgetting to take pictures at… Continue Reading →

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