Friday, 14 November 2014 11:00

Don't leave home without...

Written by Di Mayberry
Working on international agriculture projects means travelling overseas. A lot. I’m a big fan of travelling light, and it doesn’t take me long to pack for a few weeks away. With the exception of credit cards and passports, most things you forget to pack can be easily replaced in-country. But here’s a few things I don’t leave home without... Power board with extension cord. Evenings and weekends overseas are often spent catching up on work. Hotel rooms only ever seem to have one power point, and it is rarely next to the desk or bed. Money. In several different forms.…
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:00

Paying it Forward

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Australian Volunteer for International Development I am fortunate. Really fortunate. So are you by the way. Chances are we’ve all graduated high school, probably even been to university, and when we go to the shops we don’t have to haggle over the bottom dollar price. And while we worry over the next pay cheque and paying the rent, I know I come from a country where support systems are in place to care for me if all else fails. Elsewhere, people are lucky to finish primary school, not through lack of intelligence, but through lack of money and opportunity. They…
Friday, 31 October 2014 11:00

Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith

Written by Katherine Ashley
  Working in a normal 9-5 job was never for me. You get to a point when you realise that there has to be more to life than doing the same thing day in day out. I used to work in insurance and finance. I worked long hours but the money was great. Lunchtime sport, after-work drinks, client functions, business trips away – I lived a nice life! But something was missing. What difference was I making? How was I contributing to society? The more and more I began to ask myself these questions the more and more I began…
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:00

Moments working in Myanmar

Written by Jenny Hanks
Six months ago I arrived in Myanmar ready for the adventure of getting a livestock research project started, not knowing what to expect really but being prepared with a large wad of US dollars. (I’m not a drug dealer it is just very difficult to get money into Myanmar). In the past six months there have been moments…. moments that I have felt more than I have ever felt before. Moments that have made me want to tear my hair out and in the same day moments of elation as step by step the project has started to take shape.…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:00

Chance meetings

Written by Bec McBride
My study and career path, such that it is having only been working for three years, has followed a series of chance meetings with people and the opportunities they have provided. This suits me as I am not one for planning, mostly because I am never too sure what I want to do until I’m doing it. As an undergraduate student in agricultural science I had not considered international opportunities; I imagined a future in South Australia, where I had grown up on a farm. It was a chance selection of a subject with a great professor in my last…
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