When I started blogging again this summer and found myself liking it much more than before I had kind of hoped to continue this blog throughout this year – but as the year gets underway and I find so little time to blog I am unsure how much I’ll actually get up. So, for now, let me put up so final thoughts on the summer.
I started off the summer with four goals. First, I wanted to back in southern Africa, but somewhere other than Zambia. Second, I wanted to be working on a project that looked at small business development and the viability of that as a development tool. Third, I wanted to be working with women and thinking about how I might be able to include working on gender in my idea for what to write for my SYPA (second year policy analysis – our thesis, of sorts). Fourth, I was interested in program evaluation and thought it might be useful to hone my skills in surveying and statistical analysis.
It’s a little amazing to me how much I was able to accomplish all of those things this summer. In listening to different classmates who had varied experiences I can’t help but be thankful to WAPPP and the funding they were able to offer and to Technoserve and the right project they had at the right time.
I loved the chance to get to explore new parts of southern Africa, a new organization, a new language, a new project and it also really helped me think concretely about what position/s I may want to be in after graduation.
Thanks for reading this and about my adventures all summer and I’ll do my best this fall to figure if/how to continue this strange adventure in my (very) public musings!