Malawi: You can laugh. You can cry. But you cannot be indifferent.

On my last Sunday in Malawi, my friend Tom invited me to see his house and meet his family. Tom is a security guard at the compound where I live, and he also works as a tailor; we international volunteers have gotten to know him as we discuss designs of skirts and take measurements for … More Malawi: You can laugh. You can cry. But you cannot be indifferent.

White Girl Goes to Africa: Am I anything more than a cliché?

The internet has produced some truly excellent satire lately making fun of white girls going to Africa. Maybe you’ve seen this story in the Onion “6-Day Visit to Rural African Village Completely Changes Woman’s Facebook Profile Picture” or this advice article on the “Four Best Ways to Photograph Yourself Hugging Third-World Children.” I also stumbled … More White Girl Goes to Africa: Am I anything more than a cliché?

Alternate Realities

Lately, I’ve been doing a little thinking and planning for when I arrive back in Canada. And as I’ve been imagining what life back home will look like—a full-time job, maybe a car, a nice apartment to myself—I’ve been finding myself unable to come to terms with how life in Canada can exist in the … More Alternate Realities

What I Learned Today: The danger of a single story

I’m in Montreal right now for pre-departure training for the three-month internship I’ll complete in Malawi starting in January 2014. Today was the first day of training, and I learned a lot. (Not always the case in pre-departure training sessions, as it turns out.) One of my favourite things we talked about today was this video: … More What I Learned Today: The danger of a single story