It was 2008 at York University, Toronto, Canada. A young Vietnamese student was waiting for her first class on Development Studies to begin. Her interest in International Relations had faded. She had ventured to York University with the dream of becoming a diplomat to represent her country. Now she couldn’t help wondering whether her dream was too naïve. The political games, the moves and counter-moves of the world’s powers couldn’t appeal to her. Disillusioned and somewhat disoriented, she took a mentor’s suggestion to try Development Studies. She didn’t know what to expect. Certainly, she didn’t expect the course to change her life forever.
That young Vietnamese woman was ClickSpace member Ly Tran. And yes, her life did change. As Ly studied the world’s economic structures, the struggles of developing countries resonated deeply with her. Frankly they made her heart sink. Ly saw her native Vietnam in a new light, and in her heart she knew she had found a new direction.
In 2011, a freshly minted bachelor in International Development Studies and Non-profit Management, Ly returned to Vietnam for hands-on experience. She soon joined Bloom Microventures, a registered UK NGO that supports rural communities in developing countries.
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