Sanford Students Blog from Around the World

Dana Vettel, MPP ’10MPP Student in Tanzania
Dana Vettel, MPP ’10, writes from Bagamoyo, Tanzania, where she is interning this summer. In the morning she teaches English to 4- and 5-year-olds, and in the afternoon she volunteers at a local NGO called UKUN in HIV/AIDS patient care and prevention outreach.

“I led the social/cultural discussion about the challenges that Tanzanians face in terms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and loss. We discussed how it is taboo to discuss sexual behavior yet many young people are sexually active.”

Women sitting at tableLetters from Asia
Christina Nelson, MPP ’10, is working in China at a school for migrant children, along with six Duke undergraduate students who are teaching English and helping the school with health and volunteer management projects. View her pictures on Flicker.

Microfinance in Uganda
On the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative summer blog you can also follow MPP student Dan Kobayashi and DMLI member Gloria Ahn, a Duke undergrad, through their experience in Uganda with Nkokonjeru Savings and Credit Cooperative. DMLI made its first microfinance investment in this community-run, community-owned bank. Dan and Gloria are working with SACCO on several projects and to help disburse the loan capital DMLI has donated.

In South Africa
Undergraduate Public Policy major Ryan Ingram is working through the DukeEngage program with the NGO Black Sash in South Africa.

“One thing that has confronted me here is the idea that some people have a better understanding of the world than others, that some people’s ideas are more relevant or legitimate. This is not at all true. The minute we dismiss alternative views, we lose the opportunity to enrich our own perspectives and to learn from each other.”