Tchau, Brasil!

My internship at the UNESCO Office in Brazil has ended! It’s a cliche, but that doesn’t make it any less true: time has absolutely flown by. Not just this summer internship either. This time last year, I was returning home from Peace Corps to start my master’s at Penn. Now I’m one semester away from finishing. (And to those of my cohort who have finished, congratulations!) During … Continue reading Tchau, Brasil!


As I mentioned, it’s already been two weeks since I came to Brasília. It seems longer to me, because I already feel quite at home. Getting here was easy. I flew from Philadelphia and had one layover in Miami. One thing that was the tiniest bit tricky was timing. We were scheduled to land in Brasilia at 5:00 am, and we ended up arriving early! … Continue reading Home

Learning, leaving and looking back

Someone currently living in a serene island of Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia told me that when he left his native country, never to go back, and decided to settle in a place very different than the one he came from, learning a new language and relearning new ways to live was like being a newborn again – everything is exciting but you are also quite vulnerable. My move to Cambodia for this internship was not as drastic of a change as his, but I could definitely relate to being wide-eyed excited about learning new things every day and at times feeling completely out of place. Continue reading Learning, leaving and looking back

Lessons From Lilongwe: Concluding an IEDP Internship

Twelve weeks is a short amount of time to spend in a country. It doesn’t feel like long ago that I was arriving for my first day at the office, eager to begin interning with a Lilongwe-based NGO. Now, entering into my final week in Malawi, I’ve been able to reflect on the experiences I’ve had and what I’ve been able to learn. Before I … Continue reading Lessons From Lilongwe: Concluding an IEDP Internship

ECD Project & Elephant Sightings

Internship highlights: Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to be more involved in the ECD project I talked about in my last post. As I mentioned earlier, I was in the Limpopo province for a week, during which my time was split between doing work in the satellite office there and visiting schools with trainers to provide school-based support to Grade … Continue reading ECD Project & Elephant Sightings