My previous blogs for September and October, which detailed my arrival in Paris and my trainee-ship at UNESCO, were quite verbose. I have, therefore, decided for this third post to be a picture blog in chronological order. Side note: while we were still studying at Penn in Philadelphia, we would try and come up with instagram and twitter hashtags for IEDP (International Educational Development Program), … Continue reading November Blessings
Parisian life of a Saudi-born Pakistani-Canadian IEDPer from Philly working at UNESCO. Continue reading Half-way through: Global Education Policy Trainee at UNESCO, Paris
Right before departing for my internship, I had a sudden realization of how Bilbo Baggins felt- wanting to sip tea and have second breakfasts at home but eventually being swept off to the grandest, most unwarranted, rewarding and life-altering adventure of his life. Okay, I did exaggerate here. Truth be told, I had found so much comfort and ease in Canada in the month of … Continue reading Present and Possible Futures, a Parisian outlook
Welcome to the IEDP blog! The new academic year brings a lot of novelty for the 2019-20 cohort of IEDP students in different ways: a new city, a new country, new homes, new concepts, new challenges, new perspectives, and new bonds. Despite our varied backgrounds (which span across multiple countries, areas of expertise, and personal, professional, and educational experiences), we are united by our interest … Continue reading New, New, New across the IEDP Blog
My internship experience in Roatán was a rollercoaster ride zooming in slow motion. I definitely embraced its celebratory peaks, and screamed at its falls. But overall, I am happy with the experience, as I can confidently say it was a major learning experience for me. I have been going through a chronic medical issue for months now, and it was uncertain that I could actually … Continue reading Hasta Luego Roatán
¡Saludos! My name is Magali and I’ll be interning with UNICEF Bolivia in La Paz for the next 13 weeks. It’s a little wild to think that I’ve been in La Paz for less than a week—from adjusting to the altitude, to some changes in plans due to protests in the city, to my first few days of work, it’s been a whirlwind five days! … Continue reading ¡Saludos desde Bolivia!
Naanga def, or how are you, is one of the few phrases in Wolof that I have picked up in my two weeks here. To say the past two weeks have flown by is an understatement; I feel like I haven’t had time (or made time) to sit and reflect on all that’s happened. From starting my internship and getting to know coworkers to finding … Continue reading Naanga Def?
Time flies fast! I am in the last week of my internship now – I have spent 8 weeks in Uganda and 2 weeks in Ethiopia, and I officially don’t know where the time went. It’s been a great 10 weeks – since my last update, I got to see the source of the Nile, attended the BEST music festival of all time (Nyege Nyege), … Continue reading An ode to data – Part 2
I cannot believe I have been in South Africa for a month. I should mention that I don’t find strange anymore having the second winter in the same year. I have a blanket at the office to stay warm 🙂 I can say that I am handling the culture shock very well thanks to the work and traveling around. Regarding the work, I have done so … Continue reading Being teacher in South Africa
Anddd I’m finally here! In Addis Ababa with UNESCO International Institute of Capacity Building for Africa (IICBA), just living my best life. I’ve been here for little over a week now. To be honest, I was nervous before getting on my flight. Really excited and thankful for the opportunity, but also just… genuinely terrified. This isn’t my first time making a big move or living … Continue reading Addis Living