Mango Blue

Brahmapur, India, 2011-2012: Yearning to settle after two years on the road, we moved to rural Odisha in September 2010 to work for a Gram Vikas, an Indian NGO. The experience was life-changing and filled with wonder; but faced with tremendous frustrations at work, we decided to call it quits after a few months. The short-lived Mango Blue documented the experience.

  • The Road Begins Again!

    In 1996, Helene left Montreal to teach English in South Korea. This experience left a deep impressio...

  • What is International Development?

    When we read about humanitarian crises such as famine in Somalia, or floods in New Orleans, a few wo...

  • Roads in Mists

    Helene and I have left Gram Vikas. Our departure takes place exactly four months after we arrived, w...

  • We’re Moving to India!

    I thought it’d take longer than this. When Helene and I began working on this blog, we envisio...

  • Why Help Abroad?

    When we tell friends about our choice to go work in India in international development, one question...

What is International Development?

When we read about humanitarian crises such as famine in Somalia, or floods in New Orleans, a few words often sum them up: “We could have prevented this.” That’s what international development is about. It’s a peacetime effort to build peace and ...

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We’re Moving to India!

I thought it’d take longer than this. When Helene and I began working on this blog, we envisioned it as a chronicle of our efforts to enter the international development sector. I felt that there would be weeks, perhaps months ...

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The Road Begins Again!

In 1996, Helene left Montreal to teach English in South Korea. This experience left a deep impression on her, and she’s been hooked on travel—and teaching—ever since. In 2003, driven by our mutual desire to live abroad, we both quit ...

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