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Dear reader, 2010-02-22

My name is Cecilia Riddeback, 24 years old and living in Stockholm, Sweden. In the Spring year 2009 I was granted a scholarship, from my University Ersta Skondal, called “Minor field studies” (MFS). The MFS scholarship is issued by the International Programme Office and financed by the Swedish organization Sida for smaller field studies in developing countries all over the world.
I had decided that I wanted to carry out both my essay on bachelor level and master level in terms of an evaluating project of the “Star for Life program” in the town Matara, Sri Lanka. The plan is to look further into how the “Star for Life program” in Sri Lanka functions and what kind of impact it has on the children and adolescents in order to compare it to the “Star for Life program” in South Africa. These two countries are in two different continents with differences in cultural context, however with the same Star for Life program. So I find it to be an interesting task to investigate how the “Star for Life concept” works in a world wide perspective.
If you want to share my experiences during my eight weeks here in Matara, Sri Lanka you are more than welcome to read my articles. I will try to keep you updated once a week.

2010-02-25

I have now been in the capital Colombo in Sri Lanka for four days. I arrived last Sunday afternoon to this very tropical country. The temperature is around 34 degrees Celsius. When I left Sweden it was a lot of snow on the ground and the temperature was around 24 degrees cold. It was a dramatic change of 58 degrees just a plan trip away.
Sri Lanka is a warm and sunny country, with kind and honest people. Everyone here have taken good care of me and given me a warm welcome. So it has been easy for me to adjust to the new climate and time zone. Just have to remember to drink plenty of water!

My first days here I dedicated to find a gym where I can exercise and fill my mind with harmony and peace (to be honest with you I am an exercising maniac).
I also find it easier to concentrate and write when I have run the treadmill.

Tomorrow morning I am leaving Colombo for Matara. It will take me about four hours with car to drive down there.

I am really excited and looking forward to meet the people of the “Star for Life program” in Matara.

Until I am back with new info take care/Cecilia

6 kommentarer:

Anonymous March 4, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

Wow! This is very intresting. I ma very intrested to know the outcome! All the best!
Evelina

Anonymous March 6, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

Cecilia! Va kul o läsa om vad har du har för dig därborta :) Glöm inte att uppdatera ofta!!
Puss Sofia L

Louise March 9, 2010 at 2:33 AM  

Kul att höra ifrån dig Cilla!
Lycka till!
Puss Louise

Anonymous March 10, 2010 at 5:47 AM  

Cecilia! It is great to hear that you have been arrived safely and are calmly gonna start your work in Matara...
You are feel free to contact me for any information/assistance in last year (Star For Life 1st year - Pilot) programme....
Good luck and strengths for your good work!
Chathu

Monica March 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

Hej Cecilia,
Toppen att höra från Dig.Du är fantastik Tusen Kramar från Farmor.

Celumusa March 17, 2010 at 1:44 AM  

hello Cecilia Riddeback,I'm mr cl nsimbi student of communication science in S A ,I would like to get in star for life for my work integrated learning this year june to december,should u have help feel free to contant me on honeyguid@gmail.com

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