A Shrinking, Changing World

My life has seen a number of important changes over the last four years. With each change in direction, my understanding of the world grows, shrinking the planet’s enormity.

In 2012, I took a leave from my job at the time to volunteer with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) for four months in Ghana. This was my first time traveling outside North America. It was also my introduction to the field of international development, in concept and in practice.

In 2013, I decided to leave my job. This was my first resignation from a full-time job. It was a big risk. I was full of zeal and attempted to shift careers but, when that didn’t work out, I found a new job. At the end of 2013, I also began volunteering with Ceiba Association, helping to lead a group of students as they prepared for their own adventure abroad. 

In 2014, I got accepted into graduate school in the UK to study international development. This gave me the freedom to resign again, to focus on my passion. This would be my first time in Europe. Before I started this second phase of university, I travelled to Nicaragua and Uganda, further learning about new societies.

In 2015, I learned so much about the social, political, economic and cultural elements that make up our shared humanity on Earth. I also earned my master’s degree from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (I was very proud that IDS was ranked number one in the world in its field) and entered the world of consulting. This new role has allowed me to visit Kenya and Pakistan, while learning about renewable energy.

In 2016 (more specifically, this week), I again left my job to begin working with Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). I’ve been working towards this goal since before I started the path described above, four years ago.

Each of these decisions over the past four years has brought me closer to what I think I am destined to do: improving the lives of others and attempting to make the world a better place. I’ve learned so much about different countries and have been privileged to visit some of them. I feel more confident about who I am. I’m starting to see the world with a critical lens. I’m looking forward to my next adventure and to whatever comes after.

One thought on “A Shrinking, Changing World

  1. Congratulations Spencer on your new posting. You have worked very hard and deserve to be very proud of all your success. I am very proud of your desire to make the world a better place – a very important legacy.
    Stay safe!

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