Hello world! I’m a fourth year International Development student at the University of Waterloo. I am presently residing in Hanoi, Vietnam as a Students Without Borders volunteer for an 8 month placement from September 2018 to April 2019. I am volunteering at the Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD). MCD is devoted towards coastal ecosystem conservation and community livelihood development along the coastlines of Vietnam. My mandate within MCD as a Research and Knowledge Management Officer focuses on the issue of plastic pollution in Vietnam’s marine ecosystems and helping to support the current initiatives that MCD is implementing to improve overall plastic waste management systems and reduce marine pollution in our oceans.