Grenada: The Post-field Debrief

My my, what a week it has been! We are officially back to Ann Arbor, and back to the habitual school schedule. The past week in Grenada was fantastic, and I cannot sing enough praise about the people there, and all of the work that they do.

We had started off the work week with a speech from our professors stating that by the end of the week, we will be either HIRED or FIRED. Needless to say, we were all extremely nervous about what to expect and whether we would be able to perform to expectation. But as the week progressed, we interviewed some fantastic individuals both in and out of the Ministry of Social Development and Housing, who all seemed genuinely glad to have us working with them. We started to have fun conducting the interviews, and made some good friends among those who we worked with. It was not easy assembling the whole project from scratch, and I am quite proud of my team for accomplishing the goals we had set for ourselves. But it is not over yet! A final report must be compiled, and we on our end must ensure that the transitioning of the project to the students of UIC is done smoothly.

I, like many of my fellow colleagues, feel an enormous amount of gratitude for this opportunity to put my academic training into practice and to have the opportunity to meet such wonderful human beings. So I would like to take this time to thank all the individuals that were instrumental in this project: the government of Grenada, also more specifically the Ministry of Social Development and Housing for hosting us so graciously, and the professors who made this experience happen.


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