Elin Axelgren is studying the Bachelor’s programme in Global Development at the Department of Social Anthropology has joined the Minor Field Study Buddy Programme together with alumnus Andreas Kidane in Kenya, who studied the Master’s programme in Political Science at Stockholm University in 2010 – 2012. 

To put knowledge into practice

Elin decided to do an MFS because she was curious and wanted to put her knowledge into practice to test what she had learned so far during her studies at Stockholm University. She wanted to experience the feeling of a new intriguing place, where she had not been before. This brought her to Nairobi in Kenya, to do research in a developing country and to gain experience in a different country and context, which is important when you are a student in social anthropology. Elin is conducting research on the theme of “Deconstructing gender and hegemonic masculinities in order to achieve equality and development: a case study of Men to Men initiatives in Kenya”.

Andreas is working at the Africa Yoga Project, which is a non-profit organisation based in Kenya. “Marginalised youth from all around Africa come to the Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi to learn yoga to return as wellbeing leaders in their communities. Along the way, they learn essential job and life skills”, Andreas explains.

Elin and Andreas MFS Buddy Programme in Kenya
Elin and Andreas outside the National Museum in Nairobi

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

“I was hoping that the Buddy Programme could help me to both gain more insight in the local context, but also perhaps be a start of a social network on the side of the studies”, says Elin. She thought it was a good idea to have as many contacts as possible when going to a place you have not been before. Andreas decided to participate because he says he could have used a buddy, when he first moved to Kenya from Stockholm. 

"I think the MFS Buddy Programme is a great idea. There are so many alums scattered around the world, and I´m sure most would love to be buddies! Day-to-day life in most parts of the world is very different from in Sweden, particulary for students. This programme could be a good way to assist buddies in those differences."

At the first meeting, Elin participated in a yoga class with Andreas, which was tougher than Elin had expected: “Probably one of the hardest I've ever taken. But fun!”

Information about the Africa Yoga Project

Want to know more about the MFS Buddy Programme? Send an email to: alumni@su.se

Information about Minor Field Studies at Stockholm University 

Minor Field Studies information at SIDA