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Valeria San Juan

Organization: FAO in Kigali, Rwanda
Summer 2014

In Valeria's own words

How I contributed: I spoke with local farmers about their non-timber forest products operations. From them as well as the interviews with different stakeholders of NTFPs I wrote a report that included suggestions that will be useful for FAO to support these different stakeholders.

What I felt most challenged by: The language barrier as well as the office culture. The pace of work at the office was much slower than I was expecting or that I am used to. There were also some bureaucratic barriers that were difficult to get through.

What I enjoyed most: I really enjoyed going to field site visits and learning about what farmers were doing.

Would I recommend this experience: After some changes in program expectations and logistics I may recommend it to some students.

Read the Reflection Paper