A Unique Place in my Heart for a Unique Place in the World

Written by: Sujay Nagaraj, QPID Projects C0-Director Who doesn’t love to travel? The thrill of being somewhere you’ve never been kindles the curiosity of the human spirit. As you travel, you find places that speak to different parts of your psyche – the regal history of London or the cosmopolitan bustle of Singapore. I’ve shared…

A Science Student’s Musings on Development

Let the following series of run-on sentences guide you through scattered thoughts detailing how my non-development background assisted me in the quest that is understanding development on my international development internship. Phew. While in Maun, Botswana this past summer I found myself facing conversations that often left me befuddled. The task of practicing QPID’s most…

Popping the Queen’s Bubble

Written by: Sam Lee, QPID Campus and Community Director I remember watching City of God in my grade 12 Economics class before the 2016 Summer Olympics. Categorized as a gangster film, City of God is shot with handheld cameras, providing viewers with a raw depiction of  life in the favela (slum within urban areas of…

From McGill to Rwanda: A Glimpse into the World of Development Work

Interviewer: Julie Foster, QPID Finance Director Interviewee: Kristen Foster, Business Operations Associate at One Acre Fund My sister has worked in development for the past three years following her completion of a business degree at McGill University. To provide you all with a glimpse at her experience I conducted the brief interview that follows. Enjoy!…

A Different Kind of Voluntourist

Written By: QPID India Project Manager, Lauren D. “Voluntourism” is a word we all know too well.  To most, it is a dirty word which comes with a variety of criticisms for being an industry which often does more harm than good.  My first experience with this industry was in 2011 when I was a…

Trump Trauma: QPID Coping with a Trump Presidency

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has been at the front of the planet’s collective mind since it was officially announced. Opinions on the matter range from elation to severe disappointment with a significant number of people absolutely petrified by the idea of a Trump presidency. Attitudes towards the man…

Dear Future Intern

Dear Future Intern, If you’re like me, you won’t know what to expect from your upcoming internship at VIDYA in Gurgaon, India. Don’t make the same mistake I did and google “Women’s safety in Gurgaon”, without reading this essay, in which I repeat in different ways that I felt safe, amidst the worrying questions of…

Helping Haiti

“As with all good ideas… it starts with one. If it’s fostered, it will grow.” This is the message that greets you on the website for Helping Haiti’s, and speaks to the execution of aid that Helping Haiti administers. Founded in 2008 by Tammy Aristilde, along with the organization’s Haitian Director, Robinson, Helping Haiti’s approach…

5 Days For CHANGE

Over the week we have received some criticism about the 5 Days for Homelessness campaign and I wanted to take some time to address some issues so that we can continue to move forward in a positive way! In ways, criticism over the past week was valid but it is important to know that we…

Night 1 Complete!

5 Days has officially started at Queen’s University! 10 volunteers gathered at 5:30 pm to kick off a week of raising awareness of the housing crisis in Canada and of youth homelessness. Yesterday we revealed some pretty exciting news when we announced our guest sleeper – Bo the golden retriever! Bo was a hit, and…

“Who Are Those People in Orange?”

Who are those people in orange sitting outside of Stauffer? If this is not your first March spent on campus, chances are you’ve seen (or at least heard) about the orange-clad students sitting and sleeping outside of Joseph S. Stauffer Library for a week (and there’s a good probability you  have at some point asked…

Caitlyn Jenner Is No Hero In Uganda

Caitlyn Jenner Is No Hero In Uganda I am currently interning at lovely Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda for the summer. The office where I work is situated in a mall that looks like the ones you’d find in the Chinatown of every major city in Canada. It is nice by Ugandan standards, and would…