Meet a FullSouler: Greg Hoerdt

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Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

Hello! My name is Greg and I’m going into my 3rd year of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I was hired at FullSoul to be the Field Engineer, which means I will be working with Hansen and Serena on improving the Maternal Medical Kit program from a technical perspective. For this semester that includes implementing grants, helping to arrange for experts to come and give training sessions, and working with partners at the University back home on sterilization process design and optimization. Some of my hobbies and interests include tennis, playing music, backpacking, and sustainability research.

Can you tell us what you are looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to exploring a brand-new culture! I have always been interested in travel because it allows me to see people with completely different perspectives than anything I have seen before. Learning new languages and traditions is one of my favourite things to explore and I can’t wait to do so on a continent I have never visited before.

I am also very excited about the work we will be doing for FullSoul! This will be my first time working for a non-profit organization, and I am looking forward to being able to do unique work in such an important field. It should prove to be very different from the internships I have done in the past.

Did you get any interesting advice from previous interns or others to prep you for the trip?

Tons! The previous interns have given us advice on everything from how to befriend locals to how to plan meals with the foods available here. Overall they gave us comfort knowing they were able to succeed in a work and living environment so different from what we are used to.

What are the top 3 things you are for sure packing?

Books – very limited access to the internet means I will be able to read a ton, something I did when I was little but have had no time for since starting University

Language learning tools – I downloaded a Luganda textbook on my computer to help with vocabulary as we try to pick up the local language

Sunscreen and bug spray – Avoiding the Canadian winter is a great plus, but we’ll need to prepare for the sun and mosquitoes instead

How can we follow you on your journey?

The 3 of us will be managing the FullSoul Instagram account, as well as adding blog posts.