Stories from the field

Author Isabel Simons

Hi, I'm Isabel. I'm a fifth-year student at UVic, studying political science and global development. Through my CAPI internship, I'll be working in rural northern Thailand, teaching English at the Karenni Social Development Centre. Pleased to be here, stay tuned for updates!

Isabel Simons – Capstone Project: Karenni-English Sound Bytes

In my time at KSDC, students and I related by sharing language. I taught English, and the advanced course students taught me Karenni words: greetings, foods we ate, the natural features of the place around us. Even though it was… Continue Reading →

Isabel Simons – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

Hello, future intern! I’ve been home in the Pacific Northwest for two weeks, and I’m going through the strange motions of greeting familiar sights with new eyes. It’s taken me a while to wrap my head around being back on… Continue Reading →

Isabel Simons – Blog 4: On Locality

Lately I’ve been reflecting a lot about how I relate to Dokhita village, and about Taiye Selasi’s TED Talk, “Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask where I’m a local”. As someone with a healthy antipathy towards the state and… Continue Reading →

Isabel Simons – Blog 3: KSDC – People and Place

Coming back from a visa run in Hanoi, I slow my bike down and inhale deeply to take in the refreshing, smog-less air. The teak trees are flowering, weaving golden-brown ridges across the mountains. In the last few months, Mae… Continue Reading →

Isabel Simons – Blog 2: Adjusting with Intention

Six weeks ago, I stepped off the plane at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. Six hours later, after a much-needed shower and nap, I woke to the thundering of a monsoon. The metal roof of my my storage-container-turned-hostel-room amplified the torrent to… Continue Reading →

Isabel Simons – Blog 1: Introduction

Hi! I’m Isabel, a 2022 CAPI intern, and soon I’ll be heading to the Karenni Social Development Centre in rural Thailand. Here you can listen to my colleague Rowan interview me on my thoughts about this coming opportunity.

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