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.
Undergraduate biology student Anthony Sardain writes about a unique project that brings together disparate – and sometimes feuding – Panamanian indigenous groups to teach them how to make a documentary as a team. The hope is that, during the process, they will learn more about each other – and themselves. How can filmmaking build bridge and help protect indigenous populations that are in the midst of a cultural crisis? Read on to find out.
Earlier this summer, M.Sc. student Ira Sutherland became the first westerner to explore a remote rainforest in eastern Panama, braving poisonous snakes, scorpions and killer bees along the way.
A trio of human geographers reflect on their fieldwork with ethnic minority Hmong and Yao in northern Vietnam this past summer.
A single misstep during her internship in Uganda this summer could have turned International Development Studies student Annaliese Snodgrass’ experience into a nightmare. Instead it made her stronger.
McGill Mining Co-Op student Sean Grogan writes about life as a high-altitude mining engineer in Colorado.
“Order!” The shout hails across the room. “Order!” An elderly, black-robed man is trying to get some attention. “Oooorder!” All too little avail: as his voice echoes around the country, life in Accra, Ghana goes on like it always has: people walk through the streets, navigating narrowly between taxis and open gutters; the wind, carrying an Atlantic breeze, sweeps over the city; and I, sitting at my desk, type away at my keyboard.
“Living in big cities all throughout my life, I seldom had a chance to be close to the nature,” writes Saleh Ewan, currently enrolled in McGill’s Mining Engineering Co-op Program. Ewan had his chance this summer during his internship at Teck Coal Ltd. in Fernie, B.C., where he spent most of his downtime climbing mountains and getting up close and personal with any number of four-legged creatures.
Plusieurs sondages récents ont montré que la majorité des écoliers et étudiants du Québec, ainsi que, parfois, leurs professeurs, ont une vision encore très stéréotypée de ce que peut être le scientifique typique. Il porte une blouse blanche. Ses cheveux semblent défier la gravité. Dans sa main fume une fiole de liquide nauséabond. Je dis “il”, parce que, dans l’imaginaire collectif, le scientifique ordinaire se doit d’être un homme.
Un laboratoire dans la cour arrière : explorer Montréal à travers ses initiatives en développement durableNotes from the field
J’ai eu le privilège cette année de participer au récent programme d’été Montreal’s Urban Sustainability Experience (MUSE) offert par l’École d’environnement de McGill en tant que chargée de cours. ENVR 490 : Montreal’s Urban Sustainability Analysis a pour objectif principal d’apprendre aux étudiants à analyser des initiatives de développement durable sur le terrain urbain de la Ville de Montréal.