Suzanne Planchard is studying the Bachelor’s programme in Global Development at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. She participates together with Rasika Dayarathna, who did his PhD in Computer and Systems Science at the University in 2004 and is now working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, in the Stockholm University Minor Field Study Buddy Programme

Minor Field Studies is a great adventure and learning experience

Suzanne is interested in migration and the theme of her fieldwork is” Reintegration of Domestic Workers”. The experience of working within in a different cultural context under other preconditions than she is used to, was a pull factor when she decided to apply for a Minor Field Scholarship (MFS). “I believe that by going out with curiosity into a great unknown will make you see things in a different light. MFS might therefore also be a great adventure and learning experience, that will hopefully give me new tools in both my professional and private life”, says Suzanne. 

Suzanne and Rasika MFS Buddy Sri Lanka
Rasika and Suzanne Photo:Private

Why did you want to participate in the MFS Buddy Programme?

“When I was approached with the MFS Buddy Programme I had not heard from my contacts in over a month. I was stressing out to say the least. I thought that it would be good to have someone in the country I was going to, not only for the sake of just having a contact, but also to be able to ask questions and get some answers”, explains Suzanne. She continues “If you plan to go alone, and you do not have the opportunity to live in with any of your local contacts, doing a MFS might be a little lonely was my thought”.

Rasika decided to participate because he remembers his time at Stockholm University as a good time when he got to know a lot of good friends too. He also thinks it is important to assist visiting students from Stockholm University in order to help them to settle in faster and feel more at ease in his home country.

During the first meeting Suzanne and Rasika went for a tour to see the most important places in Colombo, among others Galle Face, which was followed by a second meeting and lunch. 

“Rasika has helped me with some contacts that I could use in my fieldwork even though he works in a completely different field than what my MFS is about”, says Suzanne. 

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