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Mackenzie Martin – Blog 5: Dear future intern…

Dear future intern, Whether you have made the decision to apply, are going through the interview process, or have been selected for a CAPI placement – whichever point you are at while reading this, congratulations! You’ve taken big steps, you’ve… 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 →

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 →

Mackenzie Martin – Blog 3: Healthcare: Human Right or Privilege?

We have passed the halfway mark of our 6-month internship in Kuala Lumpur at the Malaysian Social Research Institute, an NGO providing support programs for refugees and asylum-seekers. It’s not hard to believe, since the weeks feel like they go… Continue Reading →

Christopher Tse – Blog Post 2: Navel-Gazing and the News

Last week, I posted a casual tweet about my fellow CAPI interns/roommates Mackenzie and Charlotte and I having a grand old time in the Maldives, where we had flown from KL to spend our week-long Raya holiday. The same day,… Continue Reading →

Christopher Tse – Blog 4: When Home is the Mouth of a Shark

Somali poet Warsan Shire once wrote, “no one leaves home unless / home is the mouth of a shark.” She wrote, “you only leave home / when home won’t let you stay.” She wrote, “no one would leave home unless home… Continue Reading →

Charlotte Whyte – Blog 2: A sense of home

Swathes of countless international airports, bad patterned carpets, tiles and the somehow close companionship of other single passengers through time and space. The limbo of modern travel. Finally, a whirl of baggage claim and then out into the new darkness… Continue Reading →

Mackenzie Martin – Blog 2: Lessons in Language

I have been in Kuala Lumpur one month. In these four weeks I’ve visited the Batu Caves, spent a day in Melaka, began volunteering at the SPCA, and started work as Program Assistant at the Malaysian Social Research Institute. The… Continue Reading →

Charlotte Whyte – Blog 1: Taking Off

Photo Credit: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/oeb-kuala-lumpur/ Pre-departure interview with a fellow intern Emily Clare, talking about the next sixth months to come in Malaysia.

Christopher Tse – Blog 1: Hello Friends!!

Hey friends, thanks for clicking! This is just a quick interview I did with my CAPI colleague Liam to share a bit more about who I am (Chris, hi), where I’m going (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and what I’ll be doing… Continue Reading →

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