Pre-departure: Sri Lanka, here I come!
If you’d asked me when I first started my university career in the International Development Studies (IDS) program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus if I knew I’d be completing a placement in Sri Lanka with WUSC, I probably would not have believed you. Mainly because 4th year it felt like an eternity away. And here I am three years later, quickly approaching departure date – exactly one week away!
Hello friends and readers, my name is Linda Bui and I am absolutely nervited (nervous + excited) to be completing an 11-month placement with WUSC. I am passionate about grassroots movements and sustainable policy changes having worked and volunteered for a plethora of amazing organizations. My areas of focus in the IDS program includes gender, health and development as well as policy and politics. My upcoming placement will be based in Matara, Sri Lanka with an organization called the Institute for Development of Community Strengths. I’m thrilled to be working as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with their Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, which includes conducting an in-depth study to address challenges facing the program and facilitating community workshops.
Besides these tidbits, I love lists, so my bucket list for this incredible opportunity includes:
-Learning and connecting with my new community, organization and people around me
-Diving into research for my thesis as part of my studies (research areas may be focused on education, environment, gender and/or health)
-Eating and trying (a lot of) delicious food
-Trying new things – like learning a new language and navigating a new transit system (hope I don’t get too lost)
-Journaling and blogging my experiences (I’m going to try Mom and Dad!)
As I finish (and start) packing my belongings, say my goodbyes, and reflect on what’s to come, I feel a sense of tremendously privileged for this opportunity. Thanks to everyone at WUSC, my school, family and friends for the endless support.
You can follow my journey on my personal Instagram/Twitter @lindahuyenbui or blog.