My name is Caroline, and I’m an intern at the Committee on African Studies at Harvard University. I’m a senior concentrating in Environmental Engineering with a secondary in African studies. I visited Africa for the first time the summer after my freshman year, and I fell in love with the continent, resolving to return the following summer for a more on-the-ground experience. I took my first class on Africa in the spring of my sophomore year (Professor Caroline Elkins’ Africa and the Africans), and then I spent that summer in Nanyuki, Kenya working for SAFI Project, which is an NGO started by a Harvard Kennedy School Professor that is working to educate people about the importance of proper rural waste management in the communities surrounding Nanyuki. Today, I can say that I’ve spent time in Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, and Botswana, and I’m looking forward to seeing lots more of the continent in the future!
At CAS, I work on a variety of different projects. Most of my work is focused on the website â€“ updating the calendar, adding news and events, adding people and student groups to our lists, and helping launch this blog! I also help manage the Twitter and Facebook pages and work on various tasks around the office. I’m really excited about this blog because as an undergrad, I think it will be a really useful tool for CAS and its students to stay connected. Hopefully, it will also be a great resource for students who are interested in Africa to learn more about it and get a sense for all the opportunities that are available to travel, study, and work on the continent.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the blog, and we would absolutely love any feedback you have! If you would like to write a post for the blog about a great academic or work experience in Africa, an Africa-related event on campus, a great Africa class, or any time you’ve spent on the continent, please email Elise at email@example.com. We would love to include your post here!
Thanks so much!