Hello everyone! My name is Rizwan Kassam and I am a third year Co-op student studying Environment and Business with a minor in International Development at the University of Waterloo. I am preparing to begin a 3 month co-op placement in Hanoi, Vietnam where I will be working for the Center of Development and Community Initiative and Environment (C&E) . At the C&E I will be working as a Program Assistant where I will be responsible for proposal writing of the organizations projects as well as working with grassroots communities in awareness raising campaigns regarding Sustainable Development. What attracted me to this job was that it falls in line my passion of Sustainable Development and it allows me to implement all the different concept and ideas regarding sustainability that I have acquired from university. I understand that there is much to learn from the position itself, but more importantly I look forward to learning and gaining valuable experience from the people around me. I hope that with daily contact of different communities in the field, I will be able to get a better understanding of the sustainability landscape in Vietnam.
I am fortunate enough to be amongst many International Development students at the University of Waterloo who have worked in Vietnam with different NGO’s. After hours and hours of conversations, I have learned that while this job has much to offer, its the people I interact with and the relationships that I form that will make this amazing experience for me. It has always been am aspiration of mine to work abroad and now I can finally say I am doing it! I am hoping that this internship acts as a stepping stone for my future in the development field. Understandably, this process has definitely been overwhelming. Figuring out flights, accommodations and filling out all these forms have caused a bit of stress, but I know that it will all be worth it once I am working in Hanoi this May. I am extremely excited to experience a new culture and to be able to share this adventure with all of you.