My interest in applying for the Masters Program in Sustainability, Society and the Environment traces back to November 2011 when I volunteered for four months in an NGO named Mountain Cleaners (Dharamsala, India).
While managing the waste collection projects and clean up hikes, I discovered that working for the environment was in fact, a natural calling that I was destined to follow. However after three years of running a travel business, my career in this industry was in full swing. Hence, following my volunteering period, when I was offered the position of Project Manager at Mountain Cleaners, it entailed a professional risk. Nevertheless, I took the leap and accepted the position.
I learned as I worked and gained practical insight into various waste management concepts.
I helped organize numerous workshops and presentations with the intention of involving the country’s youth. Our NGO, which previously attracted mainly foreigners, today, boasts of 70% Indian volunteers, thereby reducing the social stigma attached to waste.
As the Project Manager, however, my interest has been in achieving socioeconomic and environmental sustainability of the projects. Our team has been gradually progressing towards this goal. Nevertheless, the complex and challenging process has led me to realize that my competence in sustainability is rather limited. A volunteer who has worked closely with me highly recommended that I apply for the Masters Program in Sustainability, Society and the Environment at Kiel University to gain this vital knowledge.
My primary interest is understand the broad concept of sustainability; gain knowledge on its relation with social, geographical, political and economic factors, and understand its application in an under developing economy. Additionally, I would like to...