Cambodia to Richmond

This week I finished my volunteer work for the summer. I stayed in one classroom at the childcare center for about two weeks and became more familiar with the kids and staff. There are a few stories I would like to tell about the kids, but I know the PHSC rightfully tries to protect vulnerable populations – like children, so I will refrain from doing so. I can say, however, that my headaches were eased by childish humor.

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A Needle in a Haystack (the research question)

The reformulation process was quite the search, but I was finally able to figure out a way to find a question that would be more feasible and gain a better understanding of the issues overall. Talking to researchers at IFPRI was an incredible experience as I explored how to make the most of my summer research. The people there conduct surveys and impact evaluations of development interventions in South America, Africa, and Asia. I learned about multiple fields of research ranging from nutrition, environment, technology developments, governance, and women’s empowerment. Previously I had focused all my efforts on education in developing countries because that was what I had first hand exposure to, but learning about all these other areas peaked my curiosity and opened the door to a whole lot of exploratory research.

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