With CAPI from January, 2007 - February, 2008
Accreditations: BA (UVic)
Sally McBride worked as a Project Officer with the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF) in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, as part of CAPI's 2007-08 Internship Program funded by the Centre.
Sally is a University of Victoria graduate with a degree in Anthropology and has spent several years working in the downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
In describing her experience Sally said:
"This placement has helped me to start shaping my future career and academic goals - in terms of finally helping me direct my passion for HIV/AIDS issues and research into a specific area of work and study. I feel that it has been invaluable experience to gain a sense of direction for my future work and study. Also, experiencing my first foray into working overseas for an HIV/AIDS NGO, has been both character building and humbling. There is much to learn and be aware of when working in the 'development' field in order to ensure you are able to make valuable contributions to a region's HIV struggles as an 'outsider' with an 'outsider's' perspective. Since PIAF is a regional NGO, it is a perfect place to gain understanding about the Pacific region, foster regional connections and gain experience in working cross-culturally within and between these island nations."