MANSBRIDGE INTERNS by Melissa Lombard 2013 W hen international relations students Margaret Kromminga and Sarah McNeil heard about the Mansbridge Internship, they decided this would be the perfect opportunity to travel to the countries that had made a profound impact on their lives. Established by University Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, the internship aims to provide a third-year student with a unique leadership development opportunity. Valued at $10,000, the internship is the most valuable of its kind at Mount Allison. This was the third year for the award and the first time two recipients have been chosen. Kromminga, from Grand Rapids, MI, ventured to Zambia for her internship. She had dreamt about going there since the age of seven, when she met Rev. Lloyd Ng’ambi, youth co-ordinator for the Church Synod of Zambia, while he was studying in the U.S. In partnership with the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian, Kromminga’s work focused on HIV/AIDS education and awareness, youth leadership and development, and sustainable farming education. “My goal was to bring knowledge to the community, but to make it culturally appropriate,” she says. Kromminga travelled around the country, working with youth and the communities, and experienced both rural and urban life in Zambia. She garnered many unexpected experiences, such as learning how to shuck corn, make bricks, tie a chitenge (baby carrier), cook nshima (a staple food made from ground corn), drive on the other side of the road, and give greetings in a few of Zambia’s 70 local languages. “The skills I learned from the entire experience, I will take with me for the rest of my life. The relationships formed through spending time with members of the community and embracing the culture are very important to me,” she says. Sarah McNeil, end right, in Indonesia 8 / Winter 2014 / RECORD