Alison on Shelter mission to Rwanda – part 3

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Did you read the other two blogs Alison wrote about her preparations and the mission? Read her final blog below about how she experienced the mission and what she learned!

Returning from any trip, the first question that people usually ask me is, “What was the best part about your trip?”  What an impossible question!  Every travel experience that I have had is unique, based on the people who I am traveling with, the interactions with the local people, the purpose of the trip, and even the weather! But, to appease those who ask the impossible question, for my journey to Rwanda, the best part of my trip (and I must give two) was the interactions with the people and the overall beauty of Rwanda.

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Alison on Shelter Mission to Rwanda – part 2

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTwo weeks ago, the first blog by Alison was published in which she explained about her preparations for the Shelter mission to Rwanda. Do you want to read more about what the Shelter team did during the mission? Read the second part below!

The main focus of the Shelter Mission to Rwanda revolved around urban planning. In particular how to build in areas that are complex due to natural constraints, like steep hills and water (wetlands). My contribution to the Shelter team was to provide expertise on water and the environment.  Our mission was part of a series of modules that focus on various aspects of urban planning. The main goals of our mission were to:

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Teamwork: different talents, accents and humor

YotiThe Global Shapers program started with a kick-off call on July 8, with 100 Global Shapers! The first part of the program takes place virtually and consists of three phases. In every phase, Global Shapers work on specific assignments in an international team of 6 or 7 members. Last Sunday, July 27, was the first deadline. Linde Raport (ARCADIS Belgium, team 3) already shared her first impressions and so will Yoti Huang (RTKL, team 4)!

‘One month after connecting via social media, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to know an international group of people with talents, passion and humor. My teammates of team 4 are Josine, Libby, Kiyomi, Huong and Fabio. I cannot wait to meet them all in person in September during the face-to-face meeting!

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A challenge it was!

LindeThe Global Shapers program started with a kick-off call on July 8, including the 100 Global Shapers! The first part of the program takes place virtually and consists of three phases. In every phase, they work on specific assignments in an international team of 6 or 7 Global Shapers. Last Sunday, July 27, was the first deadline. Linde Raport (ARCADIS Belgium) shares her impressions and experiences about the first phase!

‘The time had come: The first assignment for Team 3!

I was appointed to launch the first meeting and chose to organise it via our Yammer group. Immediately, it was clear for me that Team 3 is a very diverse team and includes some very enthusiastic members, while it seems hard for others to find their way to the Yammer Group. Still, I feel very good vibes within my team! After some holiday breaks, we were very near to the submission deadline. Some stress was felt by some of the team members.

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Alison on Shelter Mission to Rwanda – part 1

AS_ShelterAs I sit in my cubicle in Syracuse, NY in early July, 2014, I reflect back over the past two months and am amazed at the experiences I have had. Miraculously I am still taking Malaria medication into the third week after my return from Rwanda – a part of the Shelter experience that still lingers with me, in addition to vivid memories, experiences, knowledge, and hundreds of pictures that came back to the USA with me.

I knew very little about the Shelter program before my journey to Rwanda as part of the Shelter team. I had heard about Shelter through the Source and Yammer, mainly reading blogs about the Philippines mission after the typhoon. Being interested in international experiences, I knew that I wanted to get involved in this unique opportunity, but I was not sure how or if I was even qualified.

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Storify: ARCADIS Shelter: Mission to Rwanda

10500505_660670710669005_3236764957456800347_nLast month (June 2014) a team of ARCADIS colleagues joined an international mission to Rwanda together with UN-Habitat to support rapid urbanization. The mission was about ‘Improving the planning methodology for Rwanda intermediate cities’ in the cities Huye (Butare) and Kigali.

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