This is a video about the Roupa Suja, a neighbourhood within the Rochina slum in Rio de Janeiro done by Action for Brazil’s Children. The children at UMPMRS, Marcia, and the rest of the staff are absolutely incredible. This, in comparison to other organizations, was an incredible example of voluntourism that I would recommend to everyone.
For one of my classes I am doing a group project with Tallia Damini and Tobi Reid about community gardens. This project has opened my eyes to benefits of community gardens that I would never have thought of. All of us know that community gardens are great because they eliminate food deserts and urban poverty, they create green space and they help build community. But two things strike me more...
Response: Life with a Remote Control
Sarah Acker asked a great question - what more could they have done? In Japan’s case, there is nothing more that could have been done. Japan is a high-tech, wealthy, and politically stable country which did take the necessary precautions. However, Japan’s earthquake is not the only natural disaster to recently occur. We all remember Young Artists for Haiti just last year and the...
Life with a Remote Control
Although I’ve never seen the movie Click, this was one of those weeks that I really felt as though my life was in desperate need for a remote control. It’s strange - all I really want is the pause button, but what about the fast forward or rewind buttons? Initially, in my overwhelmed and likely rambling state, I told my friend that I wanted was that remote control. His response,...
Ever feel like your life is a Taylor Swift song?– S.V.
Drag Me to the Bomber
This year marks the 40th anniversary of GLOW - the Queer and Questioning Community, at the University. After a week of amazing events, including a queerSAY - a panel discussion on homophobia and transphobia on campus - and their birthday party, GLOW ended off the week with their annual event, Drag Me to the Bomber. This event was first held in three years ago and is now stronger than ever. Last...
What does policy have to do with it?
Almost a week ago I posted a map of women’s economic opportunities, which ranked 113 countries worldwide. Looking at that map, I found it incredible that Vietnam - a country which has had an established women’s union for 81 years - is one of the lowest ranked countries. I can’t help ask myself, “how does that happen?” Vietnam has had the constitutional and legal...
wait… cucumbers can give you AIDS?
After reading Jenn Nadeau’s post about her adventure bucket list, I’ve been thinking about what I would put on mine. It has to be said - my adventures in no way will be limited to this list, these are just the things I will have to do before I die. 1. Paraglide over Rio de Janeiro (I almost did this over the summer, but there were too many clouds!) 2. Zip Line 3. Bungee Jump (this...