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.


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.


Emeliz joined a Quest to The Netherlands – part 2

emeliz3Emeliz Torres joined a Quest to the Netherlands to expand her knowledge related to river basin management, flood control and coastal development. Read the first blog about her experience here and the second blog below. She also wrote a blog about the preparations, read it here.

Quest day 3

On the third day I met Sietse Stellinga, Project Manager of Permit Strategy, he gave me a brief summary of all the required permits that they have to get for the Juliana River project.  He also show me an online program they created that has a list of all the required permits; the manager and the client have access to the list, and the system sends an alert to the Permit Manager notifying the due date for the submittal of each permit.


What it is like to work for ARCADIS?

GSatwork2Do you have any idea about how a typical work week of an ARCADIS employee looks like? ARCADIS has about 22,000 employees around the world. Being divided over the 4 Business Lines; Buildings, Environment, Infrastructure and Water, they are doing many different jobs.

GS @ work, an initiative of Global Shapers, provides more insights about working for ARCADIS. Each week, another young professional shares his or her workweek by showing pictures of projects, offices, teams and related daily activities. Several Global Shapers joined this project. Have a look at some GS @ work highlights and don’t hesitate to follow GS @ work at Instagram!