Day 2 (#GISDay) – Kids, military, uni students come for a visit

With maps, we build the future of Timor-Leste keeps going strong at Casa Europa. Day 2 was as popular as the first day. This time around there was a class field trip from the Dili International School who came for a visit – as you can see they were very interested in the 1:50000 floor … Continue reading Day 2 (#GISDay) – Kids, military, uni students come for a visit

Day 1 (#GISDay) – Success in Timor-Leste!

Coinciding with GIS Day, the first day of the GIS/mapping event in Timor-Leste (With maps, we build the future of Timor-Leste) was a success. Given this type of event is the first of its kind in the country, the opening day went smoothly… although there were some bumps along the way as I expected. But … Continue reading Day 1 (#GISDay) – Success in Timor-Leste!

Ho Mapa, Ita Harii Futuru Timor-Leste (#GISDay)

I’m part of the Timor-Leste Geographic Information Group (GIG). For the past few months we’ve been planning to organize an event to raise awareness about mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) work that is going on in Timor-Leste. There isn’t much information about GIS and mapping in Timor. So this event hopes to educate the … Continue reading Ho Mapa, Ita Harii Futuru Timor-Leste (#GISDay)

Timor Leste, East Timor, Timor Lorosae

The flight was long. To be exact, it was 20 hours of flying, twice changing planes, and an overnight stay in Singapore. There were benefits… like enjoying a nice meal in front of a flat screen TV in business class. Approximately two days after taking off from Vancouver, I arrived in Dili, the capital of … Continue reading Timor Leste, East Timor, Timor Lorosae

Time to move on…

(My office is sparse but functional… this is life working at an NGO… limited funds and equipment, but lots of passionate people and chances to try new things) Monday was my last day working at the newspaper. 2 years goes by quickly… the experience was great… challenging at times, but rewarding nonetheless. Although this is … Continue reading Time to move on…

Organizing can be FUN or a pain in the A$$

(Setting up beach umbrellas and chairs on an early morning on Cha-am beach) After a suprisingly eventful January, I came back from Australia to a slight buzz in the air preparing for a conference for the Canadian organization that sent me to Thailand. Whether I’m a control freak or not, I took on the responsiblity … Continue reading Organizing can be FUN or a pain in the A$$

Say goodbye…to Canada's international youth programs

Treasury Board Axes International Youth Programs Embassy, September 27th, 2006FEATUREBy Brian Adeba As the Conservative government tightens its purse strings this week by slashing $2 billion from federal programs initiated by the former Liberal government, organizations involved in administering an international internship program for youth are raising alarm bells about the possible negative effects of … Continue reading Say goodbye…to Canada's international youth programs