Over a six-week period in the summer of 2015, three McGill medical students participated in a bilateral exchange program with the University of Rwanda. Two of those students, Ryan Adessky and Annie Lalande, write about their experience.
Douglas Gordon, an undergraduate linguistics major, spent his past summer in Listuguj, QC aiding the ongoing effort to revitalize the native Mi’gmaq language. He writes about the importance of such efforts and his enlightening experience in Listuguj.
Emily Donaldson, a doctoral student in anthropology, writes about her most recent excursion to the Marquesas, a remote group of volcanic islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where, while finalizing her thesis, she shared a four-room dwelling with a family of 11, lived on wild boar and fresh-from-the-ocean sashimi-style raw tuna, celebrated Bastille Day and dodged the occasional free-falling coconut dislodged by gusty winds.
“McGill’s Canadian Field Studies in Africa program added an incredible depth, value and meaning to my academic journey,” writes Arts undergrad Siobhan Lazenby of her recent semester in East Africa. “The experiences shifted what matters to me now, shaped my values and taught me more about privilege than I ever could have learned in a lecture hall”
Master’s biology student Divya Sharma recently spent a semester living in the community of Piriatí-Emberá in eastern Panama, among the Emberá, one of the country’s main indigenous groups. In her own words, Sharma writes about being witness to a community as it tries to plot a course for its future.
“If a year ago someone told me I’d be spending my spring break camping in the Gobi desert, 30 degrees below zero, I probably wouldn’t believe them,” writes U3 International Management BComm student Sabrina Ostrowski. “Yet ‘expect the unexpected’ seems to be the tagline for the week we experienced during the sixth edition of the Hot Cities of the World Tour, led by Professor Karl Moore.”
While mapping agricultural land uses in Eastern Panama as part of Catherine Potvin’s lab a pair of McGill undergraduates got to live with local people. The experience, the duo say, gave them unique insight into people’s everyday lives and, more importantly, into their kitchens.
Last month, I was at a colleague’s apartment celebrating his recent marriage in Montreal to a Shanghainese woman he met through work. When their wedding pictures came on display on the flat screen, I immediately closed my eyes. The image of the green lawn, two-story house, and teenagers with blue hair was a sharp reminder that soon, I’ll be leaving behind the city coined “the Paris of China.”
On Thursday, Oct. 24, 44 McGill MBA students and their professors started at it earlier than normal, assembling at 5:45 a.m. at Trudeau Airport for a 2+ hour chartered flight to visit the Iron Ore Company of Canada mine in Labrador City, Labrador. This was not going to be a typical day at McGill.
Gaëlle Perrin and Carmina Ravanera, two U3 students majoring in International Development Studies, write about their summer internship in India and the lifelong friendships they formed with a husband and wife who opened their home – and their hearts – to a pair of total strangers.