Student chosen to intern in Africa

May 04, 2006, volume 36, no. 1



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Biology undergraduate Gunpreet Kaur Singh 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.

Each year, 20 participants are chosen from about 100 applicants across Canada to join this international seminar, a joint program of the World University Service of Canada  and the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation.

Students are evaluated on the basis of academic excellence, community leadership and demonstrated commitment to international understanding.

Singh was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa and Botswana before moving with her family to Canada at age 12.

She first became interested in international development after watching actress Angelina Jolie, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, on television talking about the plight of refugees.

While in Botswana, Singh will be paired with a local student and will volunteer with a local organization focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

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