During the one month training program, we developed strong and real relationships between Fellows. These relationships allowed us to count on each other while we were abroad. It was important to me to be able to talk to other people who would understand my challenges, successes, reflections, and experiences, even if they were on the other side of the globe.
I worked with the Arts and Crafts sector to support artisans to grow their businesses towards sustainability. This included supporting them with their product designs, promoting the importance of making savings, helping the union of artisans make microcredit loan applications, supporting the opening of a crafts store at the airport and representing the union at the 2010 Indaba Design Fair in South Africa.
Xima: staple starch food made with corn. Not very tasty, but very filling.
I encourage everyone to get involved in their host community every way that they can: volunteer at a community centre, participate in a sport, take dance lessons, start a movie club, etc… All these activities, along with your Fellowship work, help you understand the community that you are part of during your Fellowship and appreciate it more.
I now work at a community college where I am responsible for a bilingual training program geared towards immigrants, and in charge of grant writing. I am still looking for other opportunities where I will be able to join my passions of international development and adult learning.