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Life and times of a disillusioned graduate

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Vodacom Change the World Volunteer Programme

Vodacom has this cool initiative that allows people to work for NPOs for a year with pay. The best thing about it is that the NPO will not be responsible for your salary so hopefully they will be more willing to take in people. Before you get all excited, you need to have a NPO in mind and have talked to them about accepting you for that year. So first approach a NPO then go to Vodacom and send through your application. You can either do it online or via snail mail. 

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Is Africa Actually Rising?

There have been a few articles written about Africa and it’s potential to lift itself out of poverty. I found The Economist article the most interesting because it provided me with some hope. (Even if some of it is false). Now there is another article that seeks to de-bunk all the others. This article states that the main problem with all these articles is that it assumes that increased growth and trade = development. Which is not necessarily true. Development is not as simple as that. While there are exciting things happening in Africa we should not simply equate that to development. Read the article and tell me what you think. The Myth of Africa’s Rise

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Is anyone out there?

Previous post I was celebrating that I was graduating. And that was an amazing feeling. Finally having conquered the beast that is the thesis. But now I am disillusioned because the world isn’t as rosy as I thought it would be. Why am I disillusioned  It might have to do with the fact that it is so difficult to get into the NGO world. The recession hasn’t helped but it seems like the chances are not there to begin with. Am I the only one experiencing this? 

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That friend

It is sooo weird that I am going to be handing in my thesis this week. A bit surreal. I described my thesis as a friend you don’t like and you have a hard time explaining to other people how you are friends. We never really had a good time. I think the good time is going to be handing it in and never having to deal with it ever again. But this does not mean that I don’t feel weird about not having to deal with it. I may or may not have withdrawal symptoms. Waking up in a cold sweat wondering where I left it… It is a sad and weird relationship that I have with this thesis…

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