"I spent August 2012 in Liberia working within the Liberian House of Representatives and the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency. During my time in the House of Representatives, I worked alongside a Liberian Congresswoman. I was able to assist on some of her pending legislation, and I got a chance to experience and assist with government dealings on the national level. My work with the Liberian EPA was focused on creating a proposal for an upcoming outreach campaign intended to raise environmental awareness and encourage more eco-friendly behavior. My colleagues at the EPA were dedicated civil servants trying to make the environment a top issue in a country where there are so many competing priorities.
It was a truly eye-opening experience, and invaluable for my understanding of Liberia's role in the world. I had an amazing time in Liberia and hope to make my way back there soon!.- Tara Conklin-UMass Boston"
"I came to Liberia in order to conduct field research for my Masters thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation, and at the same time, participate in an internship with Youth Crime Watch of Liberia (YCWL) through Experience Liberia. Even though I was very busy between these two tasks, I had a really positive experience. The people at YCWL were very helpful to make sure my time in Liberia was productive, educational, exciting, safe, and really fun. I learned so much about the country's history, culture, and future challenges. It was a pleasure to work with such passionate, intelligent, and energetic young people.
It was especially helpful that they were accommodating of my own research project and helped use their extensive connections in the community to help me conduct my field work in the short time that I was visiting their beautiful country. Youth Crime Watch of Liberia draws upon the energy and creativity of Liberian young people in an effort to make Liberian communities happier, safer, and more secure places to live.
My internship withthem opened my eyes to what an incredible and hopeful place Liberia truly is.Nikolai G. L. Holm- A Canadian studying in Norway"
"Living in Liberia has given me jubilant memories that will never leave me. I learned so much about myself while absorbing lots of information about Liberian culture, tribes, geography, economy and more. I felt safe in my environment surrounded by many wonderful volunteers and Locals. The students were such a pleasure. Seeing them acquiring knowledge and making jokes with them made my day many times!.Pim de Ridder-Netherlands"