Hansje Eppink is skills teacher/ junior researcher at the Education and Competences Studies group, which is part of Wageningen University.
After graduation I started as a mediator of e-conferences at Gender and Water Alliance, a global network to promote equal access to safe and adequate drinking water for men and women.
Furthermore I worked as a tour guide in Kenya and Tanzania. Thereafter, I did a traineeship at the Education and Competence Study Group at Wageningen University. Subsequently, I started to work for the group as a freelancer. Simultaneously I worked as a coordinator for a local NGO named OtherWise. In September 2010 I got contracted as a skills teacher and junior researcher.
As a skills teacher I am involved in organizing a course for students of the MSc Organic Farming. The objective of the course is to create a link between technical and social as well as theoretical and practical aspects of organic farming. I take care of the course practicalities as well as design and implementation of various activities.
As junior researcher I am involved in supporting Higher Education Institutes to design competency-based education programmes. My role is to evaluate existing programmes and to provide support for the re-design of these programmes.
For my final project for the BSc International Land and Water Management, I went to Zambia to evaluate a drinking water programme. In the process of my research I discovered that technical aspects of the project are tightly interwoven with social ones. Yet, I lacked knowledge on the latter. This experience triggered my interest in social sciences. Given my technical background, Development and Rural Innovation appeared to be the most relevant MSc programme for me.
I have learned much from the courses I did during my studies, but also from my classmates. My group consisted of people from different cultures and with different experiences. Interaction with them helped me to broaden my perspectives. In the courses I gained theoretic knowledge and practical skills related to facilitation and conducting research, which I still use in my everyday work. Studying Development and Rural Innovation was tough, but a rewarding experience.