My experience at Humanitarian Affairs was the biggest milestone of my life. I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to host professors and students from world-class universities, as well as ambassadors at the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok.
I was immersed in cross-cultural subjects on a daily basis, and it changed the way I perceived the world. Not only did I get an understanding of Thai culture, but the work allowed me to delve into learning about my own cultural background. I was responsible for marketing the USLS program to China, Canada, and India. It was a fun experience talking to many people from different cultural backgrounds. I have learnt more about cultural diversity through these interactions and am grateful to Humanitarian Affairs for the opportunity.
I still keep in touch with many people whom I met during this period, colleagues, delegates and locals. I even met some of them agai and they became dear friends of mine. In this community of driven, curious, intelligent, and open-minded people, I felt I could connect.
Living overseas in Thailand was surreal, and I don’t believe I would be where I am today if it weren’t for it. Following my Humanitarian Affairs stint, I was brave enough to work in Quebec and Uganda, and am studying in the United Kingdom now.
My advice to future applicants is this: if you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. It would be challenging, but you’ll come out of it stronger and more resilient. I still reminisce about my experience at Humanitarian Affairs and I’m certain that it’s worth it.