"The reader will, I feel sure, find these articles not merely perceptive, but genuinely inspiring. At a time when political cynicism and bureaucratic double-talk can so readily discourage idealism – each of these writers demonstrates that courage and visionary enthusiasm are far from obsolete. Their experiences have been a privilege to learn from and, I believe, each author can be viewed as a role model for all who may question “but can an individual ‘make a difference?” Yes, indeed ... just read these stories!" - Ian McAllister - Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Dalhousie University - This unique book assembles the practical experiences and lessons learned by young development practitioners working in Asia, Africa, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Presented here are first-hand accounts reflecting candidly (and critically) on their experiences working in a wide cross section of development organizations. These accounts provide insights on what makes a successful development project and, at the same time, a successful development practitioner. Such lessons will prove to be of great practical use to both prospective interns and the organizations that host them.