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A day in the life of 2019 CAPI intern Jemma Kosalko (third year UVic Political Science student) during her placement with the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) in Jakarta (film by fellow intern and UVic Pacific and Asian Studies student Maeve Milligan).
Since 2003, CAPI has sent 185 Canadian students on life-changing placements with 53 different non-governmental organizations across 21 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific (and a couple in Africa, too!).

This year, we are offering 8 funded internship opportunities for UVic students to work with our partner organizations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan.

Application deadline: 24 Jan 2020 at 4pm PST

Info sessions:
  • 21 Nov 2019 | 12:20-1:30 pm in Sedgewick Building, C-wing, room C168
  • 22 Jan 2020 12:20-1:30 pm in Sedgewick Building, C-wing, room C168
 

Current opportunities

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) Program provides internship and opportunities for upper-level undergraduate and graduate level University of Victoria students. We are currently offering internship placements in Indonesia (2), Malaysia (2), and Thailand (1). Interns will work with regional, national and grassroots partner organizations working on issues of community development, refugee education, and migrant/refugee rights.


Thank you to our sponsor of these placements:

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The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program is managed through a unique partnership of Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and Universities Canada
  • Develop global citizens through enriched academic, professional, and cross-cultural experiences.
  • Activate a new generation of enterprising leaders in Canada and around the Commonwealth through facilitating lasting local and global community engagement.
  • Enhance collaborative capacity and deepen peer relationships among interns, scholars and partner organizations to facilitate personal and professional growth.

These internships represent a unique opportunity for work-integrated learning, experiential learning, the development of cross-cultural understanding and communication skills, and first-hand experience of grassroots community engagement, advocacy and activism in the global south. In the past, CAPI interns have been involved in:

  • Conducting field research with local communities.
  • Contributing to on-going projects and workshops.
  • Preparing for and/or attending national, regional and international conferences.
  • Teaching and program facilitation.

Participants will also share their experiences and contribute to the growing community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars through community engagement activities including capstone projects and blogging.  

Program Assistant with the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) – Malaysia

Malaysian Social Research Institute


MSRI logoProgram Assistant
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian Social Research Institute is a non-profit NGO which offers three core programmes which are Sahabat Education Programme, Sahabat Healthcare Programme and Elham Empowerment Programme for Middle East and North African refugees in Malaysia. Other programmes for refugees fall under Supplementary Programmes ie. Emergency Support, Livelihood support and Legal support. Our services are free for refugees.

  1. The Sahabat Education Programme serves 430 students aged 4-18 years (preschool, primary and secondary education) using the American syllabus. 90% of our teachers are refugees themselves, selected based on their experience and qualifications.
  2. The Sahabat Healthcare Programme offers general healthcare services, mental health & psychosocial support and health education (prevention).
  3. The Elham Empowerment Programme provides entrepreneurship workshops, skills training and access to marketplace to create empowerment and self-subsistence among refugee communities. The majority of Elham clients are female however, the classes are open to all.
  4. Supplementary Programmes include emergency medical funds assistance, livelihood assistance, Sahabat Food Aid Programme, food basket and distribution of milk and diapers.

Read more detailed job descriptions.

Program Objective:

Interns will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • Assisting in organizing workshops and trainings.
  • Monitoring and evaluating MSRI programs.
  • Assisting in preparing and submitting grants.
  • Providing database entry support.

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program, prospective interns must possess the following:

  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills.
  • Good communication skills, including listening, report writing, and editing documents with sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Understanding of how and when to work independently and/or collaboratively.
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and project-management skills.
  • Ability to take initiative where appropriate.
  • Commitment to, and knowledge of refugee and migration related issues.

Program Assistant with The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) - Thailand

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women


GAATW logoProgram Assistant
Bangkok, Thailand

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), registered as the Alliance Against Traffic in Women Foundation, is a think-tank, and a progressive and cutting-edge Alliance committed to work for changes in the political, economic, social and legal systems and structures which contribute to the persistence of trafficking in persons and other human rights violations in the context of migratory movements for diverse purposes, including security of labour and livelihood.

We have member organisations based in different parts of the world. The International Secretariat (GAATW-IS), the office where the internship will be stationed, is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and has a small and very committed team of people. The GAATW-IS currently works on themes of Access to Justice, Accountability and Power in Migration and Work. We also publish a bi-annual peer reviewed journal, the Anti-Trafficking Review. While member organisations work with women, children and men, GAATW-IS has always focussed on the rights of adult women in the context of labour migration.

Position description:

  • Assist and support the GAATW team in research and communication initiatives.
  • Participate in and contribute to various meetings and functions in and around the office.
  • Note taking and logistical support.
  • Preparing meeting kits, schedules, itineraries, and multi-media presentations.
  • Proof-read and fact-checking for the issues of the Anti-Trafficking Review, an academic journal, published through GAATW, that promotes a human rights-based approach to anti-trafficking. (April-September).
  • Provide assistance in preparation for publishing and the launch event for the Anti-Trafficking Review and other GAATW materials.

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program, prospective interns must possess the following:

  • Strong communication, research, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking, and the willingness to take initiative where appropriate.
  • Good written and oral communication skills with sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Some knowledge of anti-trafficking frameworks, particularly with regards to issues of gender, migration, and labour exploitation.
  • Experience in qualitative research an asset.
  • Knowledge of an Asian language an asset.

Program Assistant with The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) - Indonesia

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies


PRIA logoResearch and Program Assistant
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) is a Jakarta based think tank dedicated to providing policy analysis and practical policy recommendations to decision-makers within Indonesia’s legislative and executive branches of government.

As a non-partisan and non-profit think tank, CIPS promotes social and economic reforms that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allow Indonesia to prosper. CIPS shares updates, stories, and analysis internationally. The primary aim of the organization is to promote international dialogue and to encourage comparative research of key issues concerning Indonesia. Main research focus at CIPS includes the fields of Food Security & Agriculture, Economic Opportunities, Education & Life Skills, and Community Livelihoods.

Moreover, CIPS works to train new Indonesian talent in policy analysis and think tank management. With this, they endeavour to support the next generation of think tank leaders who promote a free and prosperous Indonesia.

CIPS has been hosting more than 20 local and international interns since the program started back in January 2016. Our former interns are now working at local media outlets, international embassies, research centers and other prestigious institutions. We are always fascinated to be inspired and to inspire young people to contribute to Indonesia’s economic and political development.

Position description:

Our main objective for the internship program is to introduce to young people how a think tank works, especially in local context. The program itself will provide full experience of a think tank, start from the operational side, research, also on communications and outreach advocacy. The selected intern will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • Conducting and compiling literature-based research on issues related to CIPS key focus areas.
  • Working with tools to compile and complete data entry.
  • Developing and implementing communications strategies for various works of policy advocacy.
  • Identifying best practices of key messaging based on different audience groups for media and fundraising.
  • Creating content on different social media platforms and supporting platform maintenance.
  • Administering and supporting think tank operations.
  • Producing infographics and other data packages for use in CIPS meetings, advocacy work and media outreach.
  • Assisting and help out CIPS programs and events such as workshops and research paper discussions.
  • Collaborating with staff and other interns on projects and tasks as well as participation in team-oriented discussions.

Position-specific eligibility:

In addition to the core eligibility criteria for the CAPI QES program, prospective interns must possess the following:

  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Good communication skills, including listening, report writing, and editing documents with sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and project-management skills;
  • Knowledge and/or interest in Indonesian public policy an asset

The CAPI-QES program requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria. Interns must be:

  • 35 years or under at the time of application,
  • a third or fourth-year undergraduate student, or graduate student and registered as a full-time student at the University of Victoria during the term that they applying for the program,
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
  • available to complete the specified overseas placement between May and December (6 - 7 months)

Interns will also be required to:

  • Attend a 5-day in-person pre-departure training and orientation in Victoria, BC at the end of April 2021, 
  • Post 5-6 blogs and podcasts focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website,
  • Complete all reporting requirements set by CAPI and the program funders including pre-departure and narrative reports and a Capstone project,
  • Complete a public engagement activity, and  
  • Act as a mentor for the outgoing interns and scholars the following year. 

Interns working as program assistants under the QES program will receive $8,000 CAD to cover international air travel from Victoria to the intern’s placement country and living expenses while in placement (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.). Students will be responsible for purchasing travel insurance (approximately $300 CAD for 6 months) and course-enrolment fees. CAPI will book and cover the cost of each intern’s airfare, which will be deducted from the total stipend.

Dates

Activity

October

Positions posted

21 November 2019

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)

22 January 2020

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)

24 January 2020

Application deadline

All applications must be received before 4 p.m. PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Jan/February

Interviews

End of Feb 2020

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

End of March 2020

Signing contracts, paperwork, visa applications, booking flights and preparation for orientation and placements

April 2020

Prepartation and paperwork

last week of April 2020

1-week pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May - December 2020

6.5 to 7-month work placement

31 January 2021

Deadline for the final Capstone project 

January - April 2021

Community engagement activity

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Applicants must also identify how they will connect this internship with their academic work to receive credit. Options include:

1) a relevant course completed during the term of application, 
2) a relevant course sceduled to be completed following the internship,
3) a relevant course completed during the internship period,
4) a directed reading/ honor's thesis, or
5) a CO-OP work term.

Potential internship-credit pairings must be communicated in the application and need to be approved by the program manager before you begin your internship placement. If you have further questions concerning your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact Robyn Fila by email (rfila@uvic.ca).

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca and interns@uvic.ca by 24 January 2019 - 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. 

Applications should be saved as “your name - description of the document” (e.g. “Your Name - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in the CAPI internship program. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted before the end of February to set up an interview time.

CITYNET Yokohama Project Office (CYO) is part of a leading network of organizations focusing on a wide range of issues related to urbanization in the Asia-Pacific Region. CYO addresses development related issues that can be organized into four clusters: Climate Change, Disaster, Infrastructure, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CYO envisions expanding its partners not only within Japan but also in regions outside of the Asia-Pacific to foster city-to-city cooperation for better networking, knowledge exchange, and support for the creative development of societies. The Yokohama office focuses on capacity building through many of their activities. CYO provides needs-based capacity building programs in a variety of areas for city officials in the Asia-Pacific as well as other organizations and institutions.

CAPI will be offering two internship placements with CITYNET, from May to August 2020 and September to December 2020.

The intern selected will be involved in programming areas such as:

  • implementing activities, surveys and assessments;
  • coordinating among concerned authorities for reporting, information sharing and program follow-up processes;
  • participating in local programs and events connected to urban issues;
  • assisting with projects related to climate change, agriculture, disaster management, public works, community empowerment, education, gender, sanitation, transportation, and other current or potential issues that may be faced by urban areas within the Asia-Pacific region.

Applicants to CAPI's internship program must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • you must be a current, full-time UVic student (graduate or undergraduate student in your third year of study or higher).
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • you must be committed to completing all requirements of the program including an in-depth pre-departure orientation organized by CAPI, securing visas/work/entry permits as required by the host country, all reporting as required by CAPI, public engagement activities upon completion of the placement and any other requirements as specified by CAPI
  • you must be available to complete the specified overseas placement from May to August or September to December.

Prospective interns should have:

  • an interest in urban and sub-urban issues in the Asia-Pacific region
  • the ability to adapt to different cultures and environments
  • experience with web design and management, specifically Word Press and software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
  • proposal, grant and report writing
  • basic fluency in Japanese considered an asset

Interns will also be required to:

  • attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC before departure 
  • post 1 blog and/or podcast per month focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website throughout their placement
  • complete a commuinty engagement activity in the term following your placement to speak about your experiences, a key social issue, your research, etc. 
  • act as a mentor for future interns. 

Interns will be offered $8,000 CAD to cover a return, international air travel from Victoria to Japan, living expenses while in placement (local travel, rent, utilities, food, etc.), travel insurance (approximately $300 CAD for 4 months), and course-enrolment fees. CAPI will book and cover the cost of each intern’s airfare, which will be deducted from the total stipend.

Dates

Activity

October

Positions posted

21 November 2019

Information Session Sedgewick C168 12:30-1:30 pm

22 January 2020

Information Session Sedgewick C168 12:30-1:30 pm

24 January 2020

Application deadline

All applications must be received before 4 p.m. PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

End Jan/February 2020

Interviews

February 2020

Interns selected

March/April 2020

Paper work, visa applications, booking flights and preparation for orientation and placement

Last week of April 2020

Orientation/ pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May to August 2020  or

September to December 2020

4-month work placement with CityNet Yokohama

After placement

Supporting future CAPI interns as a CAPI mentor

This timeline is non-negotiable. Please only apply if you can commit to the timeline as stated.

Prospective applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca and interns@uvic.ca by 24 January 2020 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-CityNet Application” in the subject line of your email.

Applications should be saved as “CAPI-CityNet - Your Name - a description of the document” (e.g. “CAPI-CityNet – Your Name - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in our International Internship Program. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in February or March 2019.

The Karenni Social Development Center (KSDC) is a civil society organization in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, established in 2002 by graduates of the EarthRights School Burma. The vision of the Center is to promote the lives of the Karenni people who have suffered human rights abuses, promote non-violent efforts to build a new society, develop the rule of law, and protect the environment. CAPI will be sending one UVic student to KSDC in 2020.


Thank you to our sponsors of this placement:

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The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) Fund for Supporting Student Internships Abroad.

The intern selected will be involved in teaching KDSC’s Advanced Community Training Course. The Advanced Community Training Course is a six-month course specifically aimed at equipping KSDC students with the skills needed to become advocates and activists for the Karenni people as they strive towards a free and democratic future. 

The subjects and teaching are practical and provide the skills for grassroots change. The students speak English at an intermediate level, meaning subjects should be provided in simple English. The students will have already taken a ten-month basic course in English and will have an elementary grasp of legal aspects related to the rule of law, constitutional law and refugees. This position would include programming areas such as:

  • teaching English, social justice, movement builidng and legal subjects: 4 hours daily for 10 – 12 students
  • teaching courses related to advocacy and community engagement (such as campaigning and lobbying (legal advocacy), community organising, etc.)
  • facilitating workshops on consultations, project planning, report writing, office management, proposal writing

The Karenni Social Development Center is a small community-based organization located on the Thai-Myanmar Border. KSDC runs training programs for Karenni youth in Human Rights, Democracy, Law, Environment, Community Management, IT, and English. KSDC students go on to work within organisations in the community, including the Karenni Refugee Committee, Camp Justice, Karenni National Women’s Organisation (KNOW) and the Legal Assistance Center. KSDC also runs mobile trainings inside Karenni State aimed at promoting grassroots change. The KSDC's training program aims to spread knowledge and skills regarding human rights, environment and law on the Thai-Burma border.

Students at the Karenni Social Development Center are refugees from Karenni (Kayah) State, Burma. These students have been severely marginalized by the violence of the Burmese regime and the ongoing civil war, now running for over 60 years. The school provides students with the education and opportunity to produce non-violent change within their communities and create a free and democratic society within Karenni State.

As an intern you will be expected to live and work alongside the students and staff of the KSDC. The students board at the school during the week and they are responsible for the basic daily running of the school. They cook three rice-based meals a day, and have a daily rota for the chores. Living and working together with the students creates a strong sense of togetherness and community which makes for a good teaching atmosphere. It also makes it easier to get to know everyone.

The washing facilities are very basic. There is no running or hot water; however, there are two community basins filled with river water where students and teachers bathe and do laundry. There is also a private area for bathing. 

There are three tiny family shops around the school, as well as many local shops in Nai Soi village nearby. The nearest large town is Mae Hong Son (where interns will initially arrive) which is 20 km away and is easily reached by Songthaew (bus like public transport) or motorbike. Mae Hong Son is a tourist destination so has all modern conveniences available.

Life is very simple at the school in terms of facilities, but it's very rewarding and engaging. Interns will have the opportunity to be part of the school's close-knit community. 

A video produced by The Karenni Social Development Center that features 2018 CAPI intern Nick Harrison (hat and white shirt) and 2017 intern Duncan Chalmers (hat and black shirt) teaching at the school

Applicants to CAPI's 2020 internship program must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • you must be a current, full-time upper level undergraduate or graduate level UVic student
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • you must be committed to completing all requirements of the program including an in-depth pre-departure orientation organized by CAPI, securing visas/work/entry permits as required by the host country, all reporting as required by CAPI, public engagement activities upon completion of the placement and any other requirements as specified by CAPI
  • you must be available to complete the specified overseas placement between May and December 2020 (6.5-7 months).

Prospective interns should have the following:

  • an interest in mobility and legal issues surrounding mobility
  • a strong work ethic and willingness to learn
  • experience with or strong interest in working with youth or with teaching
  • knowledge or interest in the following subjects would be desirable, but not necessary:
    • campaigning and lobbying (Legal advocacy), community organising, advocacy, project planning, report writing, office management, proposal writing
    • experience teaching English
    • legal issues relating to indigenous people, grassroots change and/ or international legal instruments available to marginalized people would be considered an asset.

Interns will also be required to:

  • attend an in-person training in Victoria, BC during the last week of April 2020

  • post at least one blog or podcast each month focusing on a key social issue to the CAPI website

  • complete all reporting requirements and a community engagement activity in the term following your placement highlighting experiences, a key social issue, research, etc. 

  • act as a mentor for future interns

Successful applicants will receive up to $5,000 CAD for the following:

  • airfare to and from host country (to be arranged by CAPI);
  • a small living allowance to help cover cost of visas, utilities and transportation.

Students will receive accommodation in a private room at the school and three rice-based meals/day as part of their placement. Students will be expected to cover the cost of insurance (depending upon the length of the placement - e.g. approx. $300 for a seven-month placement) and will also need to pay course fees to UVic (co-op program fees or the cost of the UVic credit they will receive for the placement, as arranged with CAPI and their respective department).

Dates

Activity

October

Positions posted

21 November 2019

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 - 1:30 pm)

24 January 2020

Information session (Sedgewick C168 12:30 - 1:30 pm)

24 January 2020

Application deadline

All applications must be received before 4 p.m. PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Late January 2020

Interviews

February 2020

Letters of offer sent to interns selected

March 2020

Signing contracts, paperwork, visa applications, booking flights and preparation for orientation and placements

April 2020

Prepartation and paperwork

Last week of April 2020

1-week pre-departure training (Victoria, BC)

May - December 2020

7-month work placement (with KSDC)

January-April 2021

Completion of at least one community engagement activity in your home community

Ongoing

Supporting CAPI interns as a mentor

This timeline is non-negotiable. Please only apply if you can commit to the timeline as stated.

Prospective applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form 
  • An up-to-date resume (2 pages maximum)
  • University transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Complete application packages MUST BE submitted by email to Robyn Fila at rfila@uvic.ca by 24 January 2019 4 pm PST. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include “CAPI-KSDC Application” in the subject line of your email. 

Applications should be saved as “CAPI - your name - a description of the document” (e.g. “CAPI – Your Name - transcript”). All attachments should be in PDF format only.

We thank everyone for their applications and interest in CAPI's Internship Program. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Student testimonials

I cannot think of any other endeavour I could have undertaken that would have challenged me in such deep and meaningful ways. Ultimately, by taking myself far outside of my comfort zone, by doing so many things for the first time (usually badly), and going through periods of doubt, questioning, and reflection, I had what has by far been the most transformative, fun, and rich learning experience of my life so far

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UVic BCom student Will Howling spent seven months in India on a CAPI internship working with Participatory Research in Asia

[This internship] is about building connections across, and recognizing the fluidity of, the so-called "boundaries" between people. It's about conscious exploration, trying new things, getting to know new people, absorbing new ideas and perspectives. It's about having conversations and stepping outside of your comfort zone and returning a better person than when you left.

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UVic Anthropology student Alex Lloyd spent three months in Australia working on her master's thesis exploring the impacs of transnational migration on the sexual subjectivities of young Indonesian women studying overseas.

I always wondered if the person I created for myself would come home with me. I can tell you, she definitely did. If you open up and let people in, the friends and experiences you've had become such a part of you that you are changed forever.

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UVic Anthropology student Marlin Beswetherick spend six months in Kuala Lumpur on a CAPI internship working with the Malaysian Social Research Institute.

Featured intern videos

A video montage of some of our student interns and partners across the Asia-Pacific and Africa in celebration of our 30th anniversary (2018).
2018 CAPI intern Emily Clare (4th year UVic Child & Youth Care) spent four months with Ukulapha Community Outreach Project in South Africa - this is her "capstone" project.

Map of CAPI placements

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If you have any questions about our internships please contact Robyn Fila, CAPI internship program manager, by email at rfila@uvic.ca or phone at 250.721.7022 

About Robyn

Since 2010, Robyn has facilitated over 100 international internship placements for UVic students and graduates from across Canada. She is responsible for program and partnership development across the Asia-Pacific region, selecting, training and mentoring interns, and program monitoring and evaluation. CAPI’s international internship programs have focused on governance, development and migrants’ and refugee rights.

Robyn has an extensive background in experiential learning and curriculum development as it pertains to global and international education. She has worked in Indonesia with street entrenched youth and on with social change movements concerning reproductive rights in the Czech Republic. She has an undergraduate degree from UVic in Geography and a MA in Adult Education and Global Change from Linkoping University in Sweden.