Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

New Beginnings in Nepal

March 14, 2014

Hi everyone!

My name is Mary Shin. I’m a third year student studying International Development Studies and Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I am in preparation of embarking on my 8 month co-op placement in Kathmandu, Nepal with Fair Trade Group Nepal and Organic World and Fair Future. During my placement, I will be working as a Market Promotion Intern and hope to contribute and further develop my creative capacities to produce quality communications and marketing materials. I was initially attracted to this position because of the organizations’ close work done with farmers to create an eco-social market niche for sustainable and organic agriculture. Of my many passions, local sustainable food systems and food security is one of them. I realize that I will be gaining and learning so much from not only the job experience, but from the people around me. I can only hope that I can reciprocate the knowledge that I gain.

Some concerns I have revolve around the inevitable food sickness that I am likely to experience. I’m already mentally preparing myself that it will be worth it.In addition, I have been looking into attempting to research as much as I can regarding the language, culture, political system, social structure, etc of Nepal. I want to try and go in with as much contextual knowledge as I can manage to absorb in the time I have prior to departure. Also, I’ve been searching for some free Nepali language lessons in Toronto with no luck. I may have to resort to some self-teaching Youtube videos.

Aside from that, I cannot wait to experience a new culture and environment. I’ve heard nothing but praises for the beauty that is Nepal. I can already foresee the coming weeks flying by. There is so much preparation and planning to do in only a short two months! It is a tad overwhelming and nerve-wracking, but also extremely exciting. There’s so much I want to do! My first task will be making it out of the airport in one piece/ peace. *haha puns* *note to self: learn how to say puns in Nepali*

Until later and all the best,