I have been home in Canada for just over a month, and I have been trying to write this piece in a way that is cohesive, persuasive and nuanced. My time in Kenya through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program truly altered my perspectives on aid, the “developing” world, international organizations and more. I found my … Continue reading My Reflection: What does it mean to be a part of QES?
Karl Krahn You may be wondering, “1) Who is Arsalan, 2) Where is he going, and 3) Why is his name on a cake?” Well, 1) Arsalan is one of the many great friends we have made here during our internship in Kenya as QES scholars. 2) He left in November because his contract was … Continue reading Highlights of Nairobi, Kenya
As a Global Development Studies student, people are often perplexed when I try to explain what I study. After countless blank stares while I elaborate that Development Studies is an interdisciplinary field blending history, political science, geography, economics and sociology; I decided that I needed a quick go-to reply when the inevitable question followed: “ … Continue reading UNOPS: Life as an Intern
Travel with open eyes and you will become a scholar– Swahili Proverb *Dear readers: I must highlight that there are many other factors that play a part of in this topic, such as privilege and the pedestal outsiders can be put on, but such topics are for another time. And by no means am I … Continue reading Open Eyes and Hearts
Jambo! One of the patterns I have noticed in this vibrant city is her love for juxtapositions. Dusty, broken and trash littered sidewalks are walked upon by sharply dressed business people. Tall, modern buildings are neighbors with dilapidated and crowded markets; while gated, secure communities provide little protection against the incessant mosquitoes and boisterous traffic. … Continue reading Reflections from Nairobi