Pollinate India: Checking in with the ‘Worker Bees’

Hi, I’m Melissa Ng, currently in India working with thriving social business Pollinate Energy. Along with my AECOM colleague Cat Ganley, I’m continuing to share my experiences right here on AECOM’s Impact blog. I had vague ideas of what an Indian slum would be like. On one hand, some of these notions turned out to […]

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Pollinate India: First steps in Kolkata

Hi! I’m Catherine (Cat) Ganley. I’ve had a longtime interest in social and development issues, and in 2010, I accepted a one-year volunteer placement with Engineers Without Borders based in Vietnam. I worked and traveled through much of Central and Northern Vietnam during that time and extended my placement an extra year, staying for two years […]

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Pollinate India: Arrival in Kolkata

The excitement hit me on the airport travelator – I’m going to India! There’s nothing quite like walking along a moving walkway to a soft mechanical hum in air-conditioned, sterile surrounds. Of course, the airport environment is the complete opposite of my first impressions of India – an assault of heat and car horns. We […]

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Bright lights shine on in India

It’s now the end of week 1 of our two-week program. Wow, it’s been a big week, not just here in India, but also back home in South Australia. There is some irony in the fact that I’m sitting here in Lucknow working to get solar lights to the market stall owners and slum communities […]

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Lucknow – street traders and Pollinators

Hi, I’m James McCafferty (below, center), a senior quantity surveyor. Originally from Ireland, I transferred from AECOM’s London office in 2015 to my new home in Wellington, New Zealand. I came across Pollinate Energy when Vikki, our project administrator, asked me if I had seen the poster on the noticeboard in the office. It was, […]

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Warm welcomes and traffic chaos!

Hi, I’m Ly Galanos, a senior transport and traffic engineer from Adelaide (that’s me below in the middle!), and I’m here in Lucknow, India, helping Pollinate Energy expand into its fourth city with my AECOM colleagues, James McCafferty and Jeremy Hart. If you haven’t heard about Pollinate Energy from participants in previous years, then you’ve […]

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Kicking it in Kolkata

Hi, I’m Juli Anderson, principal creative based in AECOM’s Sydney office. While Colette and Beth have been working hard in Hyderabad for this year’s Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program, I’ve been stationed in Kolkata. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was […]

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