AMA Recap – What We’ve Learned So Far!

This week is International Development Week (#IDW2016). For the last few days, Rebecca and I have been answering lots of questions about our experiences in Nepal and Bangladesh. I wanted to share a few of the interesting things that we’ve written about so far, and encourage you to ask a question as well. Check out the blog with all the answers at https://iyipexperience.wordpress.com/ or join the community on Facebook.

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For each question, we wrote a blog post that describes our experiences.  Here’s a few things we’ve talked about so far:

Application Process for IYIP – The IYIP is a great chance for young Canadians to “get their foot in the door” with some international experience.  If you’re thinking about applying, try to find the organization and position that best suits your future goals.

Permanent Relocation – We would both consider working internationally in the long term, but for now, we’re just looking for the next opportunity to gain some experience and get a better idea of the kind of job we want to do in the future.

Nepal vs. Bangladesh – Nepal and Bangladesh are similar cultures in many regards.  However, due to ongoing security concerns in Dhaka, we were unable to really experience everything that the country had to offer.  Therefore, Kathmandu feels like a dream come true – with a much better social life and freedom to do the things we want!

Things Canada’s Missing – It turns out that the things we admire most amount the countries where we’ve lived are not really possessions, but social attitudes like having a sense of community and protecting the environment.

Travelling Solo – We were both really grateful to be travelling in a group when we lived in Bangladesh.  Being stuck in your house is one thing, but it’s nice to at least have someone living there with you to vent about it with.

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You still have 3 more days in International Development Week to ask us all your questions! So, tell me, what do YOU want to know about?

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About Amanda

Hi, I’m Amanda! Originally from Ottawa, Canada, I am currently living with my partner (Steve) in Sucre, Bolivia for the next year. I work in the unique space between industrial design and international development – but what does that even mean? I’m passionate about working WITH marginalized communities in a way that utilizes design to improve the lives of different types of people around the world. I have worked, studied, traveled, and researched on every continent (except Antarctica), and most recently I lived in Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal. I love exploring new cultures and learning more about myself along the way.
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