Tag Archives: learning

Friends for Eternity

25 Oct

Ohmygoodness! It’s the last day to apply for the Junior Fellowship program! The application closes at midnight TODAY! Here’s the ninth/final post of my 1 Image, 3 Sentences countdown series, and I’ve saved the best for last. If you have any questions, don’t worry! I’ll be checking comments (below) and my email (juliamilner@ewb.ca) frequently right up until midnight. It’s never too late to ask for some extra support 😉

BeforetheJourney

This is the whole team of AVC Junior Fellows, right before we boarded our flight to Uganda!

For me, the most wonderful part of the JF experience was the community of great people that I got to be a part of. We were practically strangers when we came together in Toronto, we were great friends when we left for East Africa, and by the time we returned we were family. Hannah, Ellen and I became particularly close in our work with the AgInputs project, and we still Skype, send each other random music videos, and reminisce about our many shared adventures. 

If you’re interested, you should definitely check out Ellen’s blog here and Hannah’s blog here. Our experiences were sort of parallel, yet completely different.

If you’re interested in the Junior Fellowship program, be sure to check out http://juniorfellow.ewb.ca/

Isn’t Africa Dangerous?

23 Oct

Only 3 days left to apply for the Junior Fellowship program! The application closes at midnight this Friday! Here’s the eighth post of my 1 Image, 3 Sentences countdown series. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments below, and I’ll reply a.s.a.p.

Emergency Supplies

A number of people have asked me about the risks of travelling in developing countries, so I just want to make it very clear that I was safe and healthy for 95% of my time in Uganda (and the other 5% was a result of my own stupidity). This is a picture of  some of the things I packed and never needed, including treatments for malaria and chronic diarrhoea, first-aid supplies, laxatives, a clean Canadian syringe, and more treatments for diarrhoea. My secret: taking my anti-malarials and multi-vitamins every day, avoiding sketchy street-food, and following the advice of my host-family and experienced EWB staff.

If you’re interested in the Junior Fellowship program, be sure to check out http://juniorfellow.ewb.ca/

The Dance-Off

21 Oct

Only 5 days left to apply for the Junior Fellowship program! Application closes at midnight this Friday! Here’s the seventh post of my 1 Image, 3 Sentences countdown series. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments below, and I’ll reply a.s.a.p.

Skip ahead to 1:17 to get straight to the performance!

My host-sister Irene took me to a primary school one Sunday, to see an inter-school dance competition. It was fascinating and energising to be a part of the clapping, dancing, all-Ugandan audience. Also, you might recall that I made reference to a different side of this experience in my post about religion.

If you’re interested in the Junior Fellowship program, be sure to check out http://juniorfellow.ewb.ca/

The Most Soothing Meeting Ever

18 Oct

Only 8 days left to apply for the Junior Fellowship program! Time is running out! Here’s the sixth post of my 1 Image, 3 Sentences countdown series. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments below, and I’ll reply a.s.a.p.

MitiFarmerFieldSchool

I visited Miti Farmer Field School for their monthly meeting, and interviewed a number of farmers from the group. I loved that the meeting was set up right in the middle of somebody’s coffee garden, so that everyone could sit in the shade. I wonder if people working for Canadian companies would be less anxious and depressed if they held more meetings outdoors…

If you’re interested in the Junior Fellowship program, be sure to check out http://juniorfellow.ewb.ca/

The Business Growth Specialist

14 Oct

Happy Monday! Only 12 days left to apply for the Junior Fellowship program! Here’s the fourth post of my 1 Image, 3 Sentences countdown series. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments below, and I’ll reply a.s.a.p.

Lawrence Adia

 

This is Lawrence, the person I worked most closely with this summer. He’s going to be working for the AgInputs project as a Business Growth Specialist (BGS) for the next 4-5 years, and I’m certain that he’s going to do a lot to improve the local Agricultural Inputs industry in that time. This swing was at our favourite restaurant in Masaka, which has a great view of the town and wi-fi!

If you’re interested in the Junior Fellowship program, be sure to check out http://juniorfellow.ewb.ca/

Read Me!!

27 Jul

Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.” ~ Alexandre Dumas

As much as I would like you all to believe that I spend each and every day being a world-changing development superstar, fighting injustice at every turn, I actually spend a lot of time just reading. (I read for an hour every evening, and whenever I’m waiting for someone/something.  The time adds up.) So if you want to try out a bit of the JF experience from the comfort of your own home, here are some excellent books I’ve tackled so far, in no particular order:

Up next: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, and something by Malcolm Gladwell. More book recommendations are always welcome!

Departure

10 May

As I sit here, in an airplane flying away from Canada at a speed of 956 km/hour, I have before me a notebook filled with reminders of all that I have done to prepare for this departure. My EWB-UCalgary friends gave this notebook to me on the day that they announced I would be one of our two Junior Fellows this summer. Since that day, the pages have slowly filled with inky quotes, words of encouragement, diagrams, challenges, lessons learned, and dreams for the fast-approaching future. I’m flipping through the pages, hoping that some snipet of information will calm the rabid bats of fear-of-the-unknown flapping around in my stomach. Fortunately, I’ve received many fear-appeasing words of wisdom, especially in the last week of Pre-Departure Training. I wish that I could share every incredible moment of PreDep with you, but instead I’ll share just a few take-aways:

10 Things I Learned at PreDep (In chronological order)

1. Self-improvement and self-love: It is important to strive to become a better human being, but it is also important to pause, be present for a moment, and say “I am enough.” Our imperfections and fears are not always bad things.

2. “You’re not stuck in traffic, you are traffic.” … If you find yourself continually complaining without attempting to create a solution, consider the possibility that you might be part of the problem.

3. You should never do something for the sake of cultural integration if it will not result in a positive outcome.

4. In real life, bats with rabies shouldn’t be a problem if you stay away from caves. On the other hand, petting sketchy looking dogs is always a bad idea. “There is no vaccine for stupidity.”

5. Sunscreen goes on first, insect repellent second.

6. I do not know nearly enough about social issues and poverty in Canada.

7. “The way you show up for your placement makes the difference between staying comfortable in your landscape and discovering who you truly are. Pushing yourself into discomfort will transform the way you see your own society.”

8. “Every point of view is true…partially.”

9. You have to stand for something. Know your values, act as you speak, pick your battles.

10. The world is filled with incredible people, and connection to all of this incredible-ness is what keeps me going.