More reviews of My University of the World
Updated: Nov 15
Review by Kaye Thomson, Former resident Field Director in China and both Malawi & Lesotho for World University Service of Canada ★★★★
A true life series of adventures by a Canadian filmmaker who grew up in a small town in Ontario and began his 45 years of overseas aid programming experiences with CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas), then IDRC (Canada's International Development Research Centre), followed by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), later John Hopkins University and finally as the director of a USAID-funded Communication for Change Program in Washington, D.C. Neill initiated lasting film & media programs in child health care for girls, sanitation, hygiene, awareness of female genital mutilation practices, HIV/AIDS prevention and solutions to basic needs using his media communication skills to enable communities to benefit their poverty-stricken lives.
His travels took him to dozens of countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as the South Pacific. While some visits were brief, others were lengthy and included settling down into a local community with his wife and young children and becoming personally aware and sensitive to the people's culture and traditions. Neill describes his experiences vividly with insight and humour and provides photos of some of the people he met and projects he covered or created on his assignments.
Past, present, and future aid workers will find this book both useful and enjoyable, as will those who are interested in and perhaps themselves considering development work overseas. I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent book to anyone.