Organization: CALs Global Fellows
Dates: 6/3/2019 to 7/26/2019
Web site: https://cals.cornell.edu/academics/international/programs/global-fellows-program
In Mason's own words:
How I contributed: I was able to work with Jasberry rice in marketing, grant writing, alternative farming planning, and daily tasks.
What I felt most challenged by: I was challenged by the language barrier mostly outside of the workplace.
What I enjoyed most: I enjoyed learning from my peers and visiting the Yasothon farming collective with the Jasberry team.
Would I recommend this experience: Yes, I think this company definitely would fit the interest of IARD students who are excited by the potential of social enterprise in agriculture.
Organization: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
Dates: January 4, 2018 to June 12, 2018
In Lindsay's own words:
How I contributed: By working hard at understanding holistic and complex relationships between the state, people, culture, and the biosphere.
What I felt most challenged by: Culture shock. Adjusting to language and societal norms.
What I enjoyed most: The food and the joy of hard work paying off in language studies. Also, personal connections made with home stays.
Would I recommend this experience: Absolutely. Because I learned more in 4 months there than I have in years of conventional school. It was extremely challenging and difficult, and extremely rewarding.