Butterflies of Excitement for Botswana!
My name is Adriane Salah and I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I recently graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a major in International Development and a minor in Political Science.
Throughout my degree, I had the fortune of being passionate and invested in my field, knowing that this was something I wanted to do – in one form or another -for the rest of my life. However, upon graduating I was at a crossroads as to which direction to proceed in. My degree taught me so much and educated me to question everything; sometimes my head would spin when trying to formulate solutions or explanations. I felt conflicted to some degree.
I decided that a year off and an internship in my field would be extremely helpful, and hopefully provide some clarity for big decisions in the future such as grad school. I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to work as an After-School and Peer Education Program Assistant with Stepping Stones International in Mochudi, Botswana! This will be my second time travelling to Africa, my third year of university was spent studying at a Uganda Marty’s University, and I am over the moon about it! My mandate includes enhancing their documentation systems and services for involved youth, developing programs and literacy skills and to draft reports for both partners. I can’t wait to begin to learn and gain experience from both organizations, while at the same time contributing my know-how and knowledge in any way I can!
However, with this elation, there has been some degree of feeling overwhelmed. All the deadlines, forms and vaccinations, paired with a full time job and the reality of not living in my hometown this summer has proved a bit difficult to organize. Luckily I have an extremely supportive family back home, and everyone as WUSC has been more than helpful with any questions I have had.
Even with all the preparations, things are moving pretty quickly. I just retuned from an awesome pre-departure orientation in Montreal where I met some many insightful people, including two girls who will also be in Botswana while I am there! Before I know it, I’ll be beginning this exciting new opportunity in September!