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  • Title: Trials Elsewhere: Stories of Life and Development in West Africa
  • Author: R. Matthias
  • ISBN: 9780994816405
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback

  • Trials Elsewhere: Stories of Life and Development in West Africa By R. Matthias In Trials Elsewhere, R Matthias vividly describes his experiences as a 21st century traveler Moving from Canada to Washington D.C to take on the inner city, Matthias then finds himself invited to apply his skills and idealism in The Republic of the Gambia Working first for a human rights NGO and then for a Gambian owned Internet service provider, he begins to questionIn Trials Elsewhere, R Matthias vividly describes his experiences as a 21st century traveler Moving from Canada to Washington D.C to take on the inner city, Matthias then finds himself invited to apply his skills and idealism in The Republic of the Gambia Working first for a human rights NGO and then for a Gambian owned Internet service provider, he begins to question his conceptions of how the world works is the Western way of doing things viable in other parts of the world Is the Western way of work even a good idea Is there any real value in idealism as Westerners understand it As he ponders these questions Matthias is cursed at a wedding, survives a coup d tat, avoids the state s secret police, wanders for a year stateless without a passport or way home, and is sentenced by a tribal court Matthias s experience in West Africa increasingly becomes an unpredictable adventure.
    R. Matthias
    I started my library career working in the IT department of the Washington DC public library Following that, I lived many years overseas, primarily in West Africa building IT infrastructure in The Republic of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry I have also worked in Ethiopia and Uganda on a telehealth project on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada Currently, I work as an academic librarian working in Ontario s North.

    Trials Elsewhere: Stories of Life and Development in West Africa By R. Matthias

    Commentaires:

    Anthony Stancomb
    This is a book for anyone who has ever worked in Africa or who is thinking of working there The colour, the frenetic activity, the laughter, the squalor, the friendships, the frustrations, the corruption they are all there, as we follow the author on his volunteer job as an IT man for NGO s in Gambia.Along the way, he discovers a lot about the people he is working with both his fellow co workers and the local populace He writes well and clearly, and the best thing about his style is that there i [...]

    Rachel
    This book is an immersive memoir of the author s years in Gambia, first with an NGO and later as employee of a local IT company I can t say I understood all the technical problems the author encountered in his efforts to bring internet connectivity to that part of Africa, but he did make me feel the frustrations, difficulties, and outright terrors technical, political and cultural and the successes and friendships as well.

    Evan Wainio-Woldanski
    Trials Elsewhere is an engaging account of an IT professional from Washington, D.C who ventures into development work in West Africa, particularly The Gambia Although the book could be categorized as a travel memoir, it was refreshing not to find a drop of sentimentality anywhere What is offered instead, is an extremely honest and informative perspective Matthias vividly illustrates both the joy and fear that come with working and living in an unfamiliar environment Equally compelling are the in [...]

    Ken
    In Trials Elsewhere, Matthias skillfully interweaves his reflections on growing up in Canada and being educated for work the real world with what he finds works and doesn t work in a developing country The author treats the reader with a highly entertaining and yet substantial travelogue taking him from Canada to the United States to the Republic of The Gambia in West Africa As he discovers truths about his travails abroad, the author also realizes facts about himself.Trials Elsewhere is a treme [...]

    Krista McCracken
    Well written, entertaining, and thoughtful book Trails Elsewhere takes readers into Africa with an insightful but humorous look at NGO work in Africa and the challenges of working in a culture very different than North America.Matthias offers cultural and interpersonal antidotes interspersed with a compelling narrative and bits of history I actually learned a few historical tidbits that I m sure will be useful in trivia later.I found the later chapters most compelling and worth pausing over Over [...]

    Donna
    Wonderfully descriptive It really takes you to West Africa I was surprised by the ground it covers, it was part adventure story he has to hide from the secret police at one point , part cultural exploration and part essay on the complexities of working in that part of the world It is a bit dense, and I have to warn anyone who thinks like I did that it would be like another Eat, Pray, Love This book is nothing like that one, there is not one drop of sentimentality to be found in this book But the [...]

    Amy Reade
    This review is very late I finished the book a while ago I enjoyed the author s stories of the time he spent in The Gambia The ways in which he found solutions to problems that he faced working in a country that was foreign to him, from transportation issues to language barriers, were interesting and in some cases, funny I learned a lot reading the book, especially about the sameness of people all over the world.

    Tracy
    This book will transport you Intelligent and thoughtful prose gives you clear, vibrant pictures of life and work in a country trying to find it s future The mishaps and frustrations of the author ring true and there is something to be learned from these experiences I recommend this book without hesitation It s great to read a book that offers a Canadian perspective Worthwhile, try it out

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