Learning Beyond the Comfort Zone

How does it feel when you know you are one of the few who are attending a mapping conference in Nepal without GIS background? It makes you feel uncomfortable realizing many participants have long lists of academic and working experience in OSM and GIS! It really does. Since I had little knowledge about mapping in comparison to my peers, I felt uncomfortable during the very first day of the conference. But the surprising thing was that the uncomfortable feeling did not kill me inside, rather it made me more excited to learn new things! I got the courage to channel my uncomfortableness into activeness because of the immense support and kindness I received from the participants and faculties. W

YouthMappers Leadership Workshop Builds International Communication and Friendship

The 2017 YouthMappers Leadership Workshop was an unforgettable event in my life. It cannot be explained in a word that this workshop boosted knowledge, experience and friendship. I have a little bit of experience to join a national level workshop, but this is my first international workshop. Here I got the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience and also gather knowledge among the youth leaders of different renowned universities of the world. It was a week-long workshop, but it seemed that the time went by in the twinkle of an eye due to the good relationships and interactions with each other. All the YouthMappers leaders are very friendly, sharing and caring. It is very tough to me

Hello from Washington, D.C.!

Hi everyone! My name is Marcela and I recently joined the YouthMappers team as a Research Associate at Texas Tech University’s Center for Geospatial Technology. I am inspired by your commitment to understanding and addressing global issues while striving to build resilient communities. I am very excited to be a part of a global network of mappers and look forward to working with such a diverse group of student-leaders! As someone who has traveled, worked, and studied abroad, YouthMappers’ mission to cultivate a generation of young leaders resonates with me because I firmly believe that opportunities to collaborate with and learn alongside peers through cross-cultural experiences contribute e

Adventure of a Lifetime: Mind, Body and Soul…

It all started with an application. YouthMappers presented members of different chapters around the world the opportunity to apply for its 2017 fellowship program. Over 80 people around the globe applied but only 20 candidates were chosen. “Congratulations! You have been selected as a Fellow of the 2017 YouthMappers leadership initiative…” was the first thing I read one morning. I read the email five times. I couldn’t believe it!! I was one of the chosen 20. I felt honoured to say the least. Being a fellow meant that I would have to contribute to a YouthMappers toolkit and I would also have to attend the first ever YouthMappers Fellows Leadership Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. May 20th 2017…

Maps Say It Better: OSM Training at Paschimanchal Campus

On May 26th, 2017, keeping in mind the importance of maps, GESAN (Geomatics Engineering Students’ Association Nepal) and Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL)-Pokhara jointly organized two day training for geomatics students, targeting first year and second year students from Paschimanchal Campus. Er. Roshan Poudel and Alisha BK from KLL contributed their valuable time to train our juniors’ in the importance and significance of OpenStreetMap and offered ideas on how to map raw data. OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world. OpenStreetMap emphasizes local knowledge. Contributors use

First ever YouthMappers Leadership Fellow workshop

There are only a few more rewarding experiences than traveling and making new friends and this was proven for the first YouthMappers Leadership Fellows workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. 80 students from around the world applied late 2016 to become leadership fellows responding to the call for applications on our network's general email list. As part of the application, we had to write a proposal for a tool for the newly started YouthMappers toolkit. Out of all the candidates, only 20 were chosen. Before the trip to Nepal, I did not know what to expect. I felt honored about being chosen. Honestly, nobody could prepare for what an enormous privilege it would turn out to be. Not only did I have the

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