This week, we will take a break from reporting directly on the sojourns of Cat, Jessica, Biyeun, Tish, and Shirley. Instead, we will include a photographic journey through many countries, including those of our five usual bloggers. MIT student Christina Kang has spent her summer photographing other Public Service Center fellows as they completed their fellowship projects:
“I realized that my photojournalism could go beyond advertising for [my own cause], but could also serve to celebrate the students’ achievements, teach the MIT community about the problems in other countries, and motivate others to get up and volunteer themselves.”
Christina raised funding for her project with much hard work and dedication. In her blog, “Through My Eyes,” she has posted her photos and thoughts while visiting the following countries:
- New Delhi, India
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Kampala, Uganda
- Arusha, Tanzania
Here below is a sample of the beautiful photos on her website.
New Dehli, India
“There are several large cultural differences which I find hard to accept, the main one being the aggressiveness and forwardness of the people. There are no lines or right of way, it’s whoever makes it to the front first, and whoever can be the most forceful to get their way first.”
“I love the different flavored fantas and they drink tea in the same way as Indians with boiled milk instead of water and tons of sugar. It is quite a treat…”
Do you recognize this photo from last week? It is Uganda’s vice president playing the drums.
“The ruralness of Uganda surprised me as I’ve heard it being called the ‘pearl of Africa.’ Driving into Kampala, the largest city of Uganda, it was like driving into the old downtown of Nashua, New Hampshire near where I attended high school… little to no tall buildings, no jam packed sidewalks or roads, plenty of space between buildings, and relatively clean air minus the dust and the random spouts of exhaust that clouds around me if a matatu (a mini bus that I believe I described in a Kenya entry) drives by me.”
“Staying with a host family, I really became integrated into their lifestyles and got to know them on a whole new level. When you live with people, a different connection forms, even in dorm life, however imagine living in the same one-level house….”
Now that you’ve seen some of her photos, you can read more about Christina’s experiences at http://csk07.blogspot.com.
Come back next week for the final updates from Biyuen, Shirley, Tish, Jessica, and Cat! To find out more about Public Service Center fellowships, check out this link.