Category Archives: International Development Studies

The programs in International Development Studies (IDS) provide students with a critical understanding of international development issues through exposure to a variety of academic disciplines, cultures, and, in the case of the specialist co-op program, an overseas work experience in the field of international development. The IDS programs are challenging and intended for bright and self motivated students who are interested in both excelling academically and actively engaging themselves in the pursuit of social justice around such issues as poverty, inequality, and oppression.

A flat tire, a lost foot race — and a good day

The last couple of days at work have been pretty stressful. I’ve found myself with a couple of large tasks that I need to juggle and though all of them are worthwhile and can get done it will take a … Continue reading

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Return of Drew’s star system

This is going to be another rapid highlight section. Bringing back the Gold/Fail Stars! Gold Star goes out to some of my fellow VSO volunteers in Georgetown who arrived here at the same time as me – they have allowed … Continue reading

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Working beyond the work plan

Today was a very productive day. But I’ve also reached a point where some of the really difficult work begins. For example, I have been setting up meetings, going to meetings, networking, sorting files, creating lesson plans, calling volunteers, doing … Continue reading

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Drew’s big adventure

One of my jobs is recruitment of both youth and volunteers. So I’ve been making appointments with schools so I can go speak at their weekly assemblies to let them know about the program I’m working on. My first appointment … Continue reading

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A tough day at the orphanage

I’m not really sure how I am feeling right now. So I just went over to the orphanage with three of the youth from our centre. I don’t want to suggest that it is all terrible. It is clean and … Continue reading

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Drew gets soaked… and gets hugged

So this morning was the first morning it has rained since I’ve been here. Well…. that’s not exactly true. We’ve have sprinkles and little showers every once in a while but because this is the hottest time of the year … Continue reading

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Time to talk about work

So I realize I haven’t talked much about the work that I’m doing. I’ve talked about strange circumstances, food (by the way I’ve been practicing my roti and curries – a local woman gave a three-hour tutorial the other day… … Continue reading

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Learning to slow down

I love biking. I love having the freedom to go different places. Biking is efficient and quick and can be relaxing at the end of a hard day. I have a bike at home that was solidly built for me … Continue reading

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It all began with a bang!

Well, technically it began with a fire. Naturally when there is a fire, a fire truck comes to put out the fire. The thing about fire trucks is that they are well known for having blaring sirens in order to … Continue reading

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Shock, Shorts and Steelpan

So I have made it through the first wave of culture shock. I received a lot of excellent advice before I left and have traveled before so I was pretty aware of some of the emotional transitions that I would … Continue reading

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