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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 →

Brigitte Larkin – Blog 2: Slowing down

One month in Kuala Lumpur. It’s funny – one month out of six. It sure seemed like a big deal when I told my friends and family that I was moving across the world for six months. “Aren’t you scared?”… Continue Reading →

Faaiza Vakil – Blog 2: A New Feeling of Home

After almost one month in Malaysia, I can hardly believe how quickly the time has passed. No matter how much I was warned that the time would go by fast, I find myself sitting here in disbelief that a month… Continue Reading →

Sierra Grant – Blog 2: Familiarity in Jakarta

Since I arrived here in Jakarta, this first blog post has been on my mind. I wanted to get started on it nice and early so I would have plenty of time to collect my thoughts and articulate them meaningfully…. Continue Reading →

Kelly Van der Heide – Blog 2: My First Month in Bangkok

I cannot believe that it has already been an entire month! So far things are going very well, but the heat can still be intense. It feels a little surreal to think back to my first week here and the… Continue Reading →

Brigitte Larkin – Blog 1: Introductory Interview

Hi! My name is Brigitte Larkin, and I’m in my fourth year at UVic studying Geography and Environmental Studies. I will be leaving in a few days for my internship placement at the Malaysian Social Research Institute in Kuala Lumpur!… Continue Reading →

Elly Thompson – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

Dear future intern, First of all: congratulations!  Congratulations on taking the first step down what will be a life-changing path! You’re probably feeling all sorts of emotions – excitement, anticipation, wonder, nerves, fear, etc – and all of them are… Continue Reading →

Haley Ham – Blog 4: Unlocking Jakarta’s Development Potential: Why Indonesia is Not an Asian Tiger (Yet) …

Introduction Indonesia is a diverse and magnificent country with varying degrees of development. However, it is currently classified as a developing country that has made significant progress in economic growth over the past few decades. As a result, the United… Continue Reading →

Haley Ham – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

As a recent CIPS intern in Jakarta, I cannot express enough how truly transformative and fulfilling my experience was. I provided me a journey of self-discovery, cultural immersion, and professional growth that I will cherish forever. With a heart full… Continue Reading →

Haley Ham – Blog 3: 3 Key Lessons from Marcus Aurelius to Incorporate into Your Life Today

One of the notable things about Marcus Aurelius’ work, Meditations, is that it was not intended for public consumption. This timeless piece was something he wrote for himself. This work shows Aurelius holding himself to higher pursuits such as self-discipline,… Continue Reading →

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