Aug
23

End-of-Summer Summary

I just returned home from Morocco yesterday and am so proud of everything I was able to accomplish while I was there. In my final week, I interviewed the sanitation workers with whom I rode in the garbage truck and learned more about their stories. They introduced me to their supervisor who also gave me…
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Aug
16

Morocco Week 2

This week’s work was off to a very slow start as Monday was the beginning of Eid alKbir in Morocco. I spent the holiday with a friend in Mhaya, a small village outside of Meknes. One thing I did not realize is that the entire week slows down as people use this time to visit their family…
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Aug
07

Morocco: 1 week down, 2 to go

It has officially been 7 days since I arrived in Morocco. Although my research was slow-going at first, it is starting to pick up and I am very optimistic that I will return home with a wealth of interviews and observations. I have made connections with local waste management personnel and have been able to…
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Aug
02

Mapping Out Field Work in Morocco

I arrived in Meknes, Morocco yesterday afternoon and have begun organizing appointments on the ground to see the waste collection process. Next week, I will meet with the municipal waste collection company to accompany them on their route to the dump site. I will also interview employees to hear what they have to say about…
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Jul
20

Shifted Focus: Morocco

Due to unfortunate circumstances regarding travel, I have had to shift the focus of my project to Morocco. However, I think the change in my project will make it ultimately stronger. I am no longer studying water management issues, but rather, another large problem affecting Moroccans: trash and waste management. I spent two months in…
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