University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   

U of S Student Selected for African Seminar

March 23, 2006 U of S student Kelly Rapko is one of 20 outstanding Canadian students who will travel to Botswana in May to participate in a six-week internship on HIV/AIDS in the Southern African country.

The International Seminar is delivered through Uniterra, a joint program of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation.
Rapko, 28, is originally from Prince Albert, Sask. He is currently in his fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan, completing an undergraduate degree in international development. He says that although he has always been concerned with social justice on a local level, three years of living overseas allowed him to gain new insight into international development issues, and cemented his decision to pursue it as a career.
While in Botswana, Rapko will be paired with a local student and will volunteer with a local organization focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and care. He is thrilled about the opportunity to gain first-hand experience that could launch his career in international developmen, and says he is particularly interested in learning more about the politics of HIV/AIDS.
"To understand the issues involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, first you have to understand why certain decisions are made, because the reasons may not always be as straightforward as they seem," he says. "I'm exicted to learn more about how Botswana's government and communities work to defeat this disease, both within their own borders and in collaboration with the international community." 
Rapko has been a WUSC member for three years, and is president of the International Studies Students Association. He is currently trained as a Red Cross disaster relief worker, and co-authored Embracing the World: Social Justice for International Students, an audit on internationalization at the University of Saskatchewan.

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