My Social Science Scholars Project involved working with and learning from two international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) based in Cambodia and Nepal. This project stemmed from my desire to learn more about development work and locally-based grassroots initiatives. In Cambodia, I worked with the organization Children with Hope for Development (CHD), based in rural Takeo. I participated in a Global Peace Exchange team partnership as its Student Director, leading three other students. Our team contributed to a number of projects at CHD, including English and community-initiative programs.
In Nepal, I worked with the organization Clinic Nepal, based in two towns, Meghauli and Daldale. I assisted the organization in providing media content and creating a mini documentary series about the 5 organization project areas. Through these experiences, I was able to see the inner-workings of two different INGOs as well as the communities they serve. I also was fortunate to immerse myself into the culture of Cambodia for two months and the culture of Nepal for one month. This project has challenged my understanding of development work and contributed to the passion I feel for community initiatives.
Monique Costner was a 2017 Social Science Scholar. She is a double major in media and communication studies and international affairs.
The feature image is from the Children with Hope for Development.