Monday, March 14, 2016

We are making an impact

This article originally appeared in The Business School Dean's Newsletter in December 2015.

Supporting Children and Youth in Bolivia with Save the Children International 

Public Administration graduate Maria, enrolled in the Global Citizenship Certificate program and the IYIP program and is currently working in La Paz, Bolivia with “Save the Children International”. This program supports the "Children Lead the Way" project that includes technical training for youth and promoting flexible and relevant education models for children.

Benjamin Spierenburg
Knowledge Management Officer

Master's Degree, Global Studies, University of Freiburg and FLACSO Buenos Aires - 2015
Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, University of Ottawa - 2012

What Motivated you to apply for IYIP?

I was motivated to apply to the IYIP program because I believe that international experience matters. By interning abroad, I hope to immerse myself in a different culture, to learn about different perspectives, and to approach problems in different ways.

What are your personal and professional goals?

For this program, I hope to develop a broader understanding of the world, current events and topics related to development in Latin America. I also hope to build upon my studies and learn about issues of empowerment, sustainability, equality, marginalization and social movements within the context of Bolivia.

Maria Hortensia Gutierrez
Livelihoods Support Officer

Postgraduate, Public Administration, Humber College - 2015

Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, Glendon College at York University – 2011

Hola a todos! My name is Maria Hortensia Gutierrez, but in La Paz I am referred to as Hortensia because apparently it is much easier (too many Marias)

What motivated you to apply for IYIP?

I was motivated to enroll in the Global Citizenship Certificate program and the IYIP program because over the past few years working as a flight attendant I have had the opportunity to see many countries and experience many cross cultural interactions. I thought this would be something I would enjoy very much.

What are your personal and professional goals?

I am very excited to embark on this new adventure and to contribute to the Save the Children International team. I hope to gain more experience with working in an NGO and in the International Development community.

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