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WOULD YOU RATHER? A series of interviews with Travellers, Bloggers, Travel Bloggers and just generally interesting people. We’ll ask a series of difficult travel questions with two possible answers. They’ll tell us what they would choose and why.

 

For the rest of your life only be allowed to leave your home country of Canada for 2 weeks a year or only spend 2 weeks a year in your home country?

Two weeks a year in Canada, definitely. A consistent two-week visit home every year while also getting to do all the traveling and living in other countries? Sign me up.

Would you rather take a 2 week trip to Asia with Piper Chapman, Lorna Morello and Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson from Orange is the New Black or Charlie Kelly, The Waitress and Frank Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?

It’s Always Sunny. I would love to hang out with Lorna and Taystee but travelling with Piper would be a nightmare. She’d be fussy and annoying and we would definitely fight. And there’s the whole international drug smuggling thing. I’d really rather not go to jail and I think I’d have a slightly better chance of staying out of jail with the It’s Always Sunny crew. Plus, Charlie and I could discuss the finer points of bird law.

For the duration of a two-week trip would you rather eat Indian food in Italy or Italian food in India?

Italian food in India. The Indian food in Italy is probably really good, but I’m pretty sure it’s against the rules not to eat Italian food in Italy. You can’t go to Italy and not eat all of the gelato. I just don’t have that kind of will power.

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Why is Climate Change Still Controversial?

At the Paris climate conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal with the long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to attempt to limit the increase to 1.5°C. [Source]. 

However, a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme says that even if all the Paris pledges were fully implemented, global temperatures would rise between 2.9°C and 3.4°C by the end of this century. Even with 2°C of warming, climate change will wreak havoc on our world: extreme droughts, floods, storms, heat waves and impacts on food and water supplies leading to mass migration and further refugee crises. [Source]. Indeed, we are already seeing evidence of climate change playing out in natural disasters and the rise in global temperature.

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How to Write a CV

Welcome to CV 101! Let me take you through a step by step guide to constructing a CV that is a cogent and appealing representation of your career path.

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Career Advice: The Skills You Need to Get Into International Development

The international development sector can be roughly divided into two areas: development and humanitarian assistance, although of course they are closely intertwined. While development is multi-faceted and difficult to define, its principal focus is poverty reduction. Poverty is a multidimensional issue: social exclusion and lack of access to basic human rights, such as health, shelter, education and sanitation, infrastructure and access to services are all factors. Because development projects happen in such complex situations, they are longer term and non-linear.

Humanitarian response is intended to be short-term and is governed by the principles of humanity, neutrality and independence. It is designed to alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Not Getting the Job? This Might be Why

Searching for a job can be frustrating and sometimes it may feel like you’re throwing your CV into an abyss.

While the only cure for job-seeking malaise is getting a job, we can offer some insights into why you’re not getting call-backs.

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The A Bee C’s

The basics of bees, the fundamentals of apiology, the birds and the… wait, no that’s not right. No one’s here to talk about birds. Welcome to the kick-off of our blog about all things bee. Let’s start talking about bees!

A Little Bit of History

Bees have been around for ages. The oldest bee fossil dates back a hundred million years. It was discovered in Myanmar, trapped in ancient amber, and supports the theory that bees evolved from wasps. And thank goodness for that. Over a third of our agriculture depends on the busy work of bees, and they pollinate around 80% of all the plants on the planet. Without bees, our food choices would be significantly more boring — all rice and grains and no blueberries, almonds, coffee or colourful veggies.

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