Janelle de Vries

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Rent to Own

May 15, 2017.Uncategorised

So far I have been sharing the fun and adventurous part of the Engineers without Borders (EWB) Fellowship in my written and video blogs. For my final blog post I wanted to focus on the actual work I have been performing in Zambia, since it has taken up 80% of my time here and since [...]

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Christmas in Cape Town

January 17, 2017.Blog
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It was shocking to find out how extremely hard it was to get into the Christmas spirit without snow and subzero temperatures. That being said, I did not miss the white stuff and the cold more than I enjoyed getting to spend the holiday season in twenty degree weather overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean. Wanting [...]

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Video Blog | Settling in, Village Stays and Buffalo Bicycles

January 9, 2017.Blog

My second video post! You can also see my written blog post here.

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Video Blog | Pre-Departure Training

December 19, 2016.Blog

My first video post! You can also see my written blog post here.

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Mayoka Village Retreat

December 5, 2016.Blog
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Engineers without Borders (EWB) runs two retreats for the lifespan of each long term fellowship: one near the beginning of the fellowship and one towards the half way point. The retreat serves as a chance for fellows to catch up with each other and relax, to be briefed on things that are happening within EWB, [...]

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Settling in, Village Stays and Buffalo Bicycles

November 22, 2016.Blog
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My first three weeks here have been packed with completing my “settling in” to-do list (getting a Zambian SIM card, organizing my Temporary Employment Permit, finding my way to the grocery store and back), establishing my work plan with Rent to Own and participating in a village stay. By far the latter has pushed me [...]

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Pre-Departure Training, Malaria Medication & Uncomfortable Topics

October 12, 2016.Blog
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For some reason it still feels like an outright lie when I tell people I will be boarding a flight in less than 7 days to go work in Lusaka, Zambia for the next six months. It isn’t. At the top of my inbox this morning was a request to provide information for Air Canada’s [...]

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