Mongolia Week 1: Containment

The first thing I noticed upon touchdown in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia was a sense of self-containment. Not in a restrictive sense, but the city being surrounded on all sides by a snow-dappled mountain range makes UB (as it is affectionately called by some of its residents) feel like a bubble, a microcosm of the world at large. Similarly, my walks through the city (both voluntary and extemporaneous due to difficult interactions with Ulaanbaatar’s taxi service) revealed to me regions and districts that lace together into a self-sustaining yet multifaceted whole.

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A Busy Few Weeks at the DoS!

It’s been four weeks now since I started my internship with the Department of State. I really can’t believe the amount that I have experienced and gained since moving to DC for the summer. It feels like I’ve been here for only a week yet at the same time it feels like its been forever too. I didn’t mention in my previous post, but I am an intern with the Office of Conservation and Water within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs or OES/ECW for short. I’ve learnt pretty quickly how much people in DC love their acronyms (I’d recommend keeping an excel sheet handy if you ever plan on working here).

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In The Shadow Of Kilimanjaro: Week 4

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View Of Kilimanjaro From Sidai Sanctuary

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Community Health Partners – Week 3

As the week began, we made some edits to our data entry form in order to make the process more user-friendly. These edits include: [Read more…]

Community Health Partners – Week 2

Our first full work week is here and things are settling down nicely in Ewaso Ngiro! Digitizing immunization records has proven to be a more difficult task than anticipated, especially considering how unfamiliar we are with paper health records as American students. The book is huge and full of patterns we are only beginning to get comfortable with. For example, Kenya’s first-year immunization schedule is as followed (this poster hangs in the Maternal and Child Health wing and is our current lifeline).

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