The Stanford International Policy Studies MA students are currently hard at work around the world! Emma Kelsey is a strategic planning intern with Accion, a global nonprofit microlending organization. Emma is reporting from Colombia this summer and has already written about her first day in country here.

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Outside the arrivals terminal at the Medellín airport, I was scanning the busy road for a bus that would take me to the center of town. My internet research had told me that a taxi would cost about 60,000 pesos. Though this translates to roughly $23, on my student budget I was determined to find the cheaper option. Sure enough, I located a bus with “Medellín Centro” painted in showy green letters in the window, and hopped on in exchange for a bargain 9,000-peso fare. I sat in one of the few remaining seats on the bus, next to an elderly nun wearing a habit and a warm smile. She asked with whom I was traveling, and, like all the Colombians that I had told about my long-weekend travel plans, expressed some surprise that I would travel alone. But, unlike those acquaintances in Bogotá who were concerned that I would…

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