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!
A Climate for Conflict: https://vimeo.com/219507981 This is the 5th week that we have been in Nairobi. Some days it feels like time is going by slowly and that we have been in Nairobi for far longer than 5 weeks. We have established daily routines and are comfortable navigating our once intimidating neighbourhood. Yet, there are … Continue reading A Climate for Conflict
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
Karibu! Thanks for visiting our East African Internship Blog. It is an exciting time for us as Queen Elizabeth Scholars to acclimatize ourselves to the East African region. Currently, we have six interns working in partnership with Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam. We also have three interns working in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenyan interns … Continue reading The Journey Begins
As my time in Tanzania is coming to an end I thought it might be appropriate to reflect on my time here and how Dambisa Moyo’s book called “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa” has influenced some of my thoughts. Having now lived in Dar es Salaam for about … Continue reading Tutaonana Tanzania