Our names are Abbey Lin and Taelyr Keeley. We are currently in our final year of the Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. Before the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the globe, we applied and were accepted to participate in the East Africa Internship Program. We weren’t sure … Continue reading Internships during a Global Pandemic
Before starting my internship, I did some extensive research on UNOPS and found myself confused and perplexed regarding the work they do, and how they do it. Furthermore, I was confused about the relationship between UNOPS and The United Nations (UN). UNOPS is inextricably connected to the United Nations as they dub themselves the “operational … Continue reading My Internship with UNOPS: The Role of the Partnership Development Office
On March 5, 2018, the East Africa Interns from the Fall of 2017 hosted an event to showcase stories and presentations from the internships, and provide a space to talk about local projects focusing on the future of food in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. Joined by Abbotsford Community Services' Day 1 Urban Farm and … Continue reading Rethinking Food: Local and Global Stories
The following report was written and submitted by Zachary Schroeder. The screening of The Invisible City, hosted by the East Africa Institute of the Aga Khan University, Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Queen Elizabeth Scholars and DOXA, proved to be a rousing success. The theatre was packed and the audience enthusiastically engaged … Continue reading Report on “The Invisible City: Kakuma”
October 22, 2017 For this blog post, I wanted to give you a “behind-the-scenes” look at the work that I have been doing during my time at the East African Institute for the Aga Khan University. Hopefully, it will highlight worthy research objectives to consider and utilize a humbled approach to questioning our future. This … Continue reading Research Excerpt – Free of Charge!
This week in Nairobi is another busy one of meetings and research as we dig deeper into our work with the East Africa Institute and UNOPS, as well as our volunteering and community involvement. All three of us interns got the joy of attending the EAI at the “Nairobi Food Day” event on Tuesday, joining … Continue reading Nairobi Food Day and The Future of Food
There have been many firsts for me since I left Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, for Canada. First, it was the longest flight I ever had. Another first for me was the experience of fall weather; days of erratic weather patterns. My body couldn’t fathom how a place could be sunny, then suddenly turn into … Continue reading Thanksgiving in Canada!
Here in Tanzania this semester we are a team of six women, all in our 20's, all studying in different fields, all with varying amounts of international experience, research experience, work experience, and all with different personalities, triggers, annoyances, likes and dislikes. Prior to leaving, our advisors tried to explain to us how it might … Continue reading An internship in food systems & empathy
My first day in Nairobi three weeks ago included meetings, errands, and getting to know a small part of Nairobi with my fellow interns Chelsea and Karl. In search of some basic groceries, we decided to check out supermarket giant Nakumatt while visiting a local shopping centre. One of the largest and most wide-spread supermarket … Continue reading Empty Grocery Aisles and an Introduction to Nairobi’s Food System
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