Hello! My name is Kaylee Maddison and I am a soon-to-be graduate of Carleton University. After four years of studying Journalism and Art History, I’m now off to discover Malawi for three months as a Journalism Intern with Farm Radio International.
I’m thrilled that I am being given the chance to learn about Malawi, its people and culture from the ground, outside a classroom. Although my time at Carleton was fantastic, teaching me the tips and tricks of journalism and the carefully crafted history of art, looking at an image on a screen is incomparable to seeing the real thing. But as I’ve learned, storytelling – whether written or spoken – can help bring an extra dimension to an image. Well in Malawi, I hope I can use my passion for storytelling to connect with people in and out of the country, and further explore different ways of communicating.
My curiosity and love of travel means I’d be more than happy to experience any new place, however, Africa and the countries that create the diverse continent holds a special interest for me. My parents are South African, so since a young age I have desired to learn about the country and its dynamics. Additionally, last year I was fortunate enough to travel to Rwanda for an abroad course. It was amazing experience which further spurred my wish to discover and learn about the unique histories and cultures of Africa.
With my departure date rapidly approaching the reality of going to starting to hit and my growing excitement may be able to fuel the plane. See you soon Malawi!