Class of 2012

Our students get around! In this section, you will find stories from our recently-returned fifth-year students. Their experiences were varied; and everyone came back with plenty of stories to tell. Click any of the flags on the map to see a story, or click through the pages at the bottom to see them all!

Adam in India

When I began to search for placement opportunities in my third year, my first instinct was to look outside the partner organizations that normally hire IDS Co-op students. I did this for a couple of reasons.

Alicia in Zambia

From 2010 – 2011, I was privileged to undertake a work placement at the Zambia Forum for Health Research (ZAMFOHR).

Becky in Ghana

My IDS co-op placement took place in a rural village in Ghana, West Africa called Fotobi.

Brandon in Thailand

In October 2010 I arrived in Mae Hong Son, Thailand where I knew no one, and knew very little about what I would be doing at my awaiting job.

Brianna in Ghana

The first would have to be the NGO my friend/colleague started that taught kids to play basketball.

Conor in Peru

When I was applying to organizations at the start of 2010, there was only one thing that I knew for sure: I wanted to go to Latin America. I didn’t care where. I didn’t care how. I didn’t care when. I just needed to go.

Elonnai in India

As a student in the International Development Co-op program I was placed with the Center for Internet and Society, a research NGO based in Bangalore, India.

Jeremy in Mozambique

It is a good thing I resolved to have no expectations on placement, because even my trip to Nampula, Mozambique didn’t go as planned. The canceled flights weren’t a big issue, though; because I was so excited to be in a continent I had never been in.

Jonathan in Botswana

Before arriving in Botswana, I thought I knew a thing or two about international development. In reality, I couldn’t possible have planned for the time that I spent there and the things that I experienced.

Josh in Vietnam

One of the biggest wake-up calls that placement gave me was the realisation that interpersonal trust matters. Before leaving for Hanoi, I had had this idea that my presence and work in Vietnam would by itself cause ‘capacity’ to be built.

Min in Vietnam

After five traveling-abroad orientations, three days of pre-departure training plus two rather painful shots of vaccination, I thought I could not possibly be more prepared for my placement with WUSC.

Raly Chakarova in Nicaragua

My two biggest concerns at the end of my 3rd year were not being able to find a placement in Latin America and learning adequate Spanish to be able to be productive on placement.

Yasmin in Botswana

From mid-2010 to mid-2011, I was lucky enough to spend a year in Gaborone, Botswana on my co-op placement.