Dumelang! Le kae?
My name is Anastasiya Spivak and I am a third year student in Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine and just like many international students here in Canada, I moved to Vancouver to go out of my comfort zone and challenge myself while learning more about other cultures. Now, as I am going into my third year in Canada, I have gotten used to the life here and I have slowly grown a need to explore something new and to challenge myself again. I first travelled when I was two years old and I travelled solo when I was seven. Since then, adventure and travelling has been an essential part of my life. Adjusting to new atmospheres, being overwhelmed by the beauty and colourfulness of other cultures, learning the traditions and trying to blend in are those things that turned travelling into one of my biggest passions.
Over the past years, I have been a part of multiple cultural events held in Vancouver, through which not only did I realize that I would like to work in human rights and development sector, I also got to learn about various cultures and traditions of African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. Engaging with SFU chapter of WUSC had most impact on this decision to go for an international internship. Reading and hearing stories from previous Uniterra volunteers absolutely convinced me that this is something every single student should do.
I am thrilled to be going to Botswana this January and I have been counting days ever since I got an acceptance letter this October.
I will be working for WUSC Botswana as International Student Management Program Assistant. If you are wondering, WUSC has been present in Botswana since 1981, and has been assisting Botswana’s Ministry of Education to place Batswana students in colleges in universities in Canada. As an ISM Assistant my responsibilities will range from creating ISM Botswana promotional materials and working with Youth Empowering Society (YES) to improving pre-departure orientation of Batswana students and assist students to apply for Canadian study permit. The range of activities I will be doing is enormous, and I am looking forward to these new experiences.
Even though my post is slightly late, I am glad I waited a little before submitting it. At this very moment, as I am getting my vaccinations done, documents collected and application for my visa sent to the embassy in Washington, DC, I am coming to the realization that my trip is really happening, and it is only a few weeks away. I am exhilarated, thrilled and slightly nervous. I have been doing major research and reading about Botswana its people and traditions. Mind you, it is finals time, and all I think about is when I finally take off to Gabs. I have been reading blogs of former and current volunteers, have been asking questions, lots of questions and I genuinely get more excited day by day. I am now ready and looking forward to explore Botswana and Africa for myself.