Each year, EWB UofT sponsors 1-2 Junior Fellows to take part in a 4 month internship with EWB ventures following a 10 month leadership development program with our chapter. We support each Fellow with $8,500 towards their placement and provide them with the unique opportunity to explore development abroad and the responsibility to share what they learned with others so we all benefit from their experience!
For more program information, visit the EWB Canada Junior Fellowship Program page.
2017 Junior Fellows
Congratulations to Rachel and David – EWB UofT’s Junior Fellows for this year!
Rachel chose UofT over Waterloo because she hoped to do a 16 month Junior Fellowship (instead of a mere 4 months) at UofT. Rachel dreams of working in the Arctic. She had the chance to work there this past summer despite the fact that the cold weather makes her eyes tear up (really, strangers on the street think she’s crying when she passes them). Rachel’s passion for what she believes in is unwavering.
“People wonder why I don’t just visit some Northern territory and be done with it. But vacationing and living in a region are miles apart— literally. I don’t just want to be a tourist, I want to be a citizen; someone who not only belongs but has the capacity to contribute meaningfully. My dream is to work as an environmental engineer in the Arctic Circle, tackling the unique challenges the region faces because of their incredible geography and climate. There are so many power and infrastructural systems we take for granted that simply can’t be applied in the Polar Regions. And more than the simple addressing of existing problems, I feel there’s such untapped opportunity to create wholly new methods of managing such systems because there’s relatively very little precedent in the field. Why try to create solutions in an attempt to emulate the South, when it’s possible to create something better?”
David is sometimes known by his engineering community alter ego ‘Black Dave’ and you will see him gleefully dropping his pants on command. David’s actions are driven by an intense love for and dedication to his community. He dreams of dedicating his life to working in an African country doing civil engineering and infrastructure work. Consequently, he spent this past summmer working on a bridge project in Guatemala!
“The values I have today I gained from observing my father, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite emigrating to South Africa in 1991, my father still invests in the development of his birth country. In other words, after finding success for himself in another country, he now seeks to ensure people in his home country have the opportunity to succeed as well. As a result, I strongly believe in the power of giving back; the power of recognizing my own privilege and using it to empower others.”
Rachel and David will be assigned to their placements soon so stay tuned!
Egg n’ Bread in Ghana
Haroon spent the summer of 2016 volunteering in Accra, Ghana for MBC Africa – an organization striving to accelerate the growth of the agribusiness sector in West Africa through business training, technical advisory, and youth in agriculture training programs. Haroon kept the Chapter up-to-date on his reflections through his blog posts.
Christine & Boxing Numidas – Adventures in Kampala
In the summer of 2016, Christine worked with Numida Technologies in Kampala, Uganda. Christine volunteered as a hodgepodge of positions (Marketing & Communications intern, Product Development Manager, and User Adoption & Engagement Growth intern), loving every second of working as part of a team in a small startup & social enterprise. Tap into Christine’s stream of consciousness while working & living in Kampala through her blog posts.
Anam’s summer in Ghana
In the summer of 2014, Anamjit, Chapter co-president for the 2014/2015 term, made his way to Ghana to consult for Kona, a local cashew processing company, as part of the BDS team. He updated us with his experiences through his blog posts.
A Summer in Malawi
A-Kid in Ghana
Akid spent the summer of 2012 in Ghana, part of the Governance and Rural Infrastructure team in the district Nanumba South, capital city Wulensi. He’s shown us Ghana from his point of view in the form of blog posts.