Thousands of Nautical Miles from Home

A Blog by the Marine Institute's Overseas Interns. A program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.


Since 1997, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador has provided young Canadian graduates with an opportunity to gain introductory work experience in countries throughout the globe through the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), funded by Global Affairs Canada. This program has successfully launched the careers of many graduates by providing them with enhanced employability skills upon their return to Canada

Between 2018 and 2021 MI will be sending 5 groups of 20 IYIP interns (total of 100 interns) to work with partner organizations in Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Tanzania and Belize. These placements range from specific fisheries related positions to curriculum and community development duties and focus on the themes of improving environmental sustainability, food security, youth education, and gender equality.

This blog is a venue for engaging the public on the projects and activities that MI’s interns are working on. Posts include their reflections on their experiences and insight into their work taking place overseas. Posts reflect the views of the contributors (interns) and not MI, nor the government of Canada.

We appreciate an engaged discussion on international development issues related to these posts so please feel free to leave comments and questions.





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