” Where is our Zumba club?!” – have questioned many of the KDIS students during spring semester who had extremely fallen in love with an ever rocking highlight of every School’s event. It is all because, early this year, the club’s enormously talented and energy beaming leader, Yuhui Jeong, had set her journey to African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Yuhui is a current MDP-2018 student who has kindly shared her experience with us, KDIS community.
Yuhui, please, tell us about your internship position. Why and how you got this opportunity?
I am working as an intern at the Climate Change and Green Growth Department (PECG) under the Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Complex. Before coming to KDI School, I already knew that there are many internship opportunities at the School, and it was one of the reasons why I have decided to come to KDI School. I was especially interested in KDI-AfDB internship as I have a passion to work for the development of Africa. School has announced the internship position during fall semester, and I applied for it.
What new skills and knowledge have you acquired so far?
I got to know how climate change actions and projects are implemented and developed in Africa through AfDB. I am also part of the Secretariat of the new mechanism that my team is developing now. I have advanced my skills in preparing progress reports and organizing events. As Abidjan is a French-speaking city, it is also a great chance to improve my French.
What do you find the most unique and interesting about living and working in Abidja?
Food! Cote d’Ivoire has a spicy sauce (la sauce de piment) which is similar to some spicy food in Korea. I especially love Kedjenou de poulet which is similar to Dak-Bokkeum Tang. It feels very safe in here, and people are nice.
Many people show lots of interest in me as there are not many Asians here, and most of them are very friendly. As it is always summer (dry and rainy seasons) in Cote D’Ivoire, it is hot every day, but I like that because I love summer!
There was AfDB Presidential Party on March 8th, and I had lots of fun with the Bank’s staff and their families. I could enjoy many cultural performances (African dance, painting and singing), great food, and dancing with Bank’s staff, which was so much fun!
What life lessons have you learned through this experience?
It has only been a month, but through this experience, I already can clearly specify my career plans and goals. It is also great that I can meet many people of various backgrounds, and from their stories I can get plenty of precious advices for myself.
We thank Yuhui for sharing her story, and wish her a successful journey through which she will be able to rigorously follow her passion. We can’t wait to see Yuhui back at School by summer semester. Be ready for having fun.
By Ranat Rysbek Kyzy (2017 MPP, Kyrgyzstan)