I believe that I mentioned in the first post that 12 village communities have completed a Home Improvement Campaign and have received a water well in partnership with Kibo Group. Our research team has achieved its goal of interviewing people from eight of those village communities, and in this post I would like to simply provide a picture of what those days have looked like. Morning chai The village communities that we interviewed were located anywhere from 45 minutes to just over three hours from Jinja, our hometown for these five weeks in Uganda. For those of you doing the math American-style, this may lead you to believe that these village communities are located anywhere from 30 to [...]
I mentioned previously that in order to survive in India, it is important to manage your expectations. I should clarify. You MUST be flexible! Monday night at 9:30 I got a phone call from work: I would be leaving on a three-day trip to my boss's farm in Gadag, Karnataka, eight hours away, and we would be leaving at 4 a.m. I quickly did laundry, ate dinner, and packed my freshly wet clothes in a backpack before setting out on my journey back to work. This will be nothing less than an adventure. Upon arriving back at work, I promptly went to sleep so that I could get some rest before leaving. At 5 a.m., I, along with my two French [...]
Nayeem is a graduate student in the JD/MBA program in Dedman School of Law and Cox School of Business. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working as an enforcement attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Fort Worth.
It is the end of my semester at Curtin University. I haven’t updated my blog in a while, but a lot has happened. I was able to go on a trip to The Outback with a group on campus called Curtin Volunteers. Five of us flew to Laverton, Western Australia, and spent 5 days volunteering in the community. In the morning we helped shelve books at the new library for the elementary school and in the afternoon we helped out at the youth center. During our free time we were able to explore The Outback a bit and go to a few look-out points. We were also able to see a few of the closed mining sites with a local [...]
A Peruvian recently told me, “We celebrate here when it’s your birthday and when it’s not your birthday!” Obviously, Peruvians like to celebrate everything. The month of June though, is especially important to Cusqueñans. June is full of daily celebrations, from groups of students dancing in colorful clothes through the Plaza de Armas to nightly parades and concerts. However, the celebrations climaxed last weekend; Friday was the festival for the winter solstice and Monday was the Inti Raymi. Celebrations in the Plaza de Armas On Friday, a huge parade began in the early evening and lasted until early morning. UBELONG, the program that has arranged my volunteer work, partners with Amauta Spanish School in Cuzco. Amauta had reserved [...]
An update from Melanie, a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar on the pre-med track in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: Melanie with new friends in Zambia Just a few weeks ago, the most exciting thing I had planned for the summer was taking a General Chemistry II course in Dallas. Now I find myself in Zambia, an ocean away from the U.S., as a global health volunteer of the Bush Institute. I am helping to renovate a clinic and learn about cervical cancer from women at risk for the disease. In the blink of an eye, my summer plans changed and along with it, my perspectives of others and myself. What has amazed me about my experience in [...]
An update from Katie, a junior studying advertising and photography in Meadows School of the Arts: I have always wanted to be just like my mother. At every stage in my life I have looked to her for what to do, where to go and how to act. After visiting an orphanage outside of Livingstone, Zambia, I imagined what my life would be like without her. I never would have gone to the doctor as a kid because I was too scared of needles. My collection of inside jokes, memories and advice would be severely lacking, and most importantly, I would be without my role model, friend and hero. Many children in Zambia are not so fortunate. There are more [...]
An update from Tyrell, a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar studying biochemistry and human rights in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: On the first day of our renovation at the Mosi Oa Tuny Clinic, the Zambians’ sense of gratitude toward us was almost overwhelming. Anything we needed – such as a helping hand to help steady a ladder, the Zambians kindly provided. At times, before I could even ask for help, someone was there to assist me. Eventually, I candidly asked Knox, a Zambian worker, “Why are you so friendly to strangers?” The next few minutes of our conversation were profound. According to Knox, our volunteer trip gave him and the other Zambian workers an opportunity to think and see [...]