Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s (AKFC) International Development Fellowship Program is underway for its 23rd year, sending early-career Canadian professionals to work for eight months in international development placements overseas. The 2012 fellowships cover a variety of fields, such as health, microenterprise, early childhood education, and journalism.
As the country celebrated Canada Day, 20 young Canadians were getting ready to bring a little bit of Canada to parts of the developing world.
“I applied for the fellowship because I feel that in order to effectively understand the intricacies of development, field experience is absolutely essential,” says Gillian Griffin, a 2012 fellow who has been placed with Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania, in Mtwara. “My goal is to learn, have fun, and to step outside of my comfort zone as much as possible.”
AKFC fêted the 2012 fellows on June 6th, hosting a reception at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat to celebrate their achievements and wish them luck.