#5: Susie – Exploring International Development and Climate Change in Malawi

A far-reaching conversation that spans international development travel, responsible tourism, adaptation to climate change, and bad dance moves at a wedding. Susie shares how her 1 year teaching English in France turned into a total of 5 years spent between France, England, India and Malawi.

  • Photo: Helping with a reforestation project while working in Malawi
  • Susie initially went to France to teach english with the Assistants de langue program
  • Studied International Development at Oxford University in England
  • In Kerala India, Susie studied social change among the adivasi (Indigenous tribal people- no formal title for the group) who occupied part of the Harrisons Malayalam Ltd rubber plantation
  • Found work in Zomba, Malawi via CIDA (now Global Affairs), which connected her with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and in the end worked for LEAD: Leadership for Environment and Development with the Southern and Eastern Africa chapter
  • Zomba is a city of 93000 people, Malawi is located in southeastern Africa
  • Highly recommends climbing the Mulanje Massif in Malawi