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Day 2

by parveen
Parveen Paleker Parveen Paleker University of the Western Cape (UWC) Post-G
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Rise and shine, up at the crack of dawn. I felt I’d slept for a couple of days. I feel rejuvenated. Back-packed and ready for an action packed day.

Once again my host mom showed me the way to The Hogan and Lovell law firm where most of our Friday discussions would be held. Excited to see the team, everyone looks professionally dressed and the location is extremely influential on our corporate outlook.

We have a quick debrief on our arrival and the few hours we spent in DC thus far and the culture shocks we’ve experienced. At this point it was early days for me and I had experienced none thus far.

The SAWIP DC program seems rather structured, fast-paced and action packed. Claire wastes no time getting us up to date with the program for the following 5 weeks. The feeling while she takes us through this program is so over whelming and all I want to do scream out of excitement. Some of the items on calendar seem so unreal and the places and people we are going to see and meet is more than just exciting.

After a traditional pot-belly lunch and baked Lays (chips I’m so fascinated by as we only have fried ones in South Africa) we head down for a tour at U street.

A few SAWIPers hang out at Bethesda and explore the area. We meet at a central point where we are collected and taken to our first experience of a BBQ at the Cantrel residence. I met the lively board member named Holly who is a very interesting character. Later she introduces me to my boss (Ambassador Robert Perry) at the internship I shall begin on Monday June 18 at the Corporate Council on Africa. I am told what is expected of me during my internship and slowing I’m starting to take interest in it. Engaging with board members and friends outdoors at the Cantrels’ was a great welcome to DC. I enjoyed engaging with the Wheelers too and their advice on reading certain entrepreneurial books got me thinking and excited. After our first full eventful day we were dropped off at the metro station and were expected to head home. I got home safe and sound and began thinking traveling via metro may be very different to what I am use to, it is tiring but it’s a lot easier than it looks.

I am happy to have most of my Saturday off and then head off to the South African Ambassador’s residence, Ebrahim Rasool where we shall meet professionals of the city and celebrate youth- day as well.

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Parveen Paleker
Parveen Paleker
University of the Western Cape (UWC)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Parveen is currently pursuing her PGCE at the University of the Western Cape with a strong interest in business and education curriculum development. She is passionate about education, writing poetry and short stories. She is currently an entrepreneur and in her spare time does voluntary tutoring. During her university career, Parveen has participated in programs through the UWC Office of Student Development and was selected as one of South Africa’s Brightest Young Minds in 2011. She advocates for sustainable development, skill development and education, and is serious about the economic future of South Africa. She would like work on education curriculum development in South Africa, and aspires to complete her BCom honours in 2013.


sally Tuesday, 17 July 2012 · Edit Reply

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then........I'm sure you made the most of every moment and have left your mark.

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