Dar es Salaam internships
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and the administrative and economic hub of the country. It has been a member of the Sustainable Cities Network since 2003. Dar es Salaam has tremendous potential as the gateway to some of Africa's most celebrated tourist attractions as well as an innovative leader in youth engagement at the municipal level. However, Dar es Salaam struggles with a host of challenges, including unplanned settlements, insufficient municipal services, such as waste collection and water delivery, and a waterfront with unrealized potential. Interns in Dar es Salaam are working with our local Project Officer and the three municipalities to tackle these issues.
Apryl Shaw - Project Officer : Local Economic Development
As a small town girl from rural Ontario, I grew up outdoors trying to keep up with my brothers; what I didn't know was that these country roots combined with travel and cultural appreciation would form the person I am today.
After traveling to such countries as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam (as a tourist) I made a point of finding a way to get more involved with the local culture of my next destination. This led me to 'tribewanted,' an opportunity to live and volunteer with a Fijian Tribe focused on the sustainable community development of a remote island. It was here that I developed a love affair with community development, sustainability and culture; all of which have shaped my life and career.
During the fifteen years I have lived in Vancouver, I have enjoyed an eleven year career working at BC Hydro and I completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management. During this time I have gained experience in project and process management, negotiations and relationship management. My most recent position involves me working with First Nation communities and local governments across BC to create more vibrant, sustainable communities.
I am thrilled to work as an intern with the SCI Africa Program and look forward to building my work experience internationally through cross cultural sharing and learning. While in Dar es Salaam, I look forward to building relationships, learning the local culture, local language (Kiswahili), and to further contributing towards gains made in local economic development.
Tanya Hubbard - Project Officer : Urban Agriculture
I come from a small town, Merritt , British Columbia. I grew up always wanting to move to a large city with new opportunities and understand the need and appeal of moving to an urban centre. After a year of college I decided to pursue an acting career and spent the last fifteen years in Vancouver working as an actor in various film and television projects.
Four years ago I traveled to Tanzania as a volunteer and fell in love with the country. It was that experience that prompted me to return to the University of British Columbia to complete a degree in Women's and Gender Studies because of its focus on issues of social justice.
I was in my final semester when the position with Sustainable Cities presented itself. I am thrilled to take on the position of Project Officer: Urban Agriculture and look forward to contributing my knowledge of gender equity while learning more about urban agriculture. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to gain work experience in Tanzania that allows me to practically apply my degree while learning about a new area of interest. While in Dar es Salaam I intend to use my background in the film industry to make a video of the work I do with Sustainable Cities in Dar es Salaam and am excited to learn as much Swahili as possible.