Victoria Solbert

international sustainable development professional

Dying to Breath

By vicsolbert | April 4, 2016 | 0 Comment

City through the haze - even in the northern mountain city of Darjeeling, thick haze blocked our views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

I recently returned from a 3-week holiday to India for a friends wedding. I managed to avoid any significant illness for the whole trip (despite at least one mouth full of Ganges river water while spending the festival of Holi in Varanasi), except for coming down with a respiratory infection shortly upon returning home. This […]

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Locally Grown: Farmworker Issues in the US

By vicsolbert | May 18, 2015 | 0 Comment


This post is based on the research I conducted for the capstone project for my Master degree program at UC Berkeley. It is a brief summary of all that I uncovered regarding issues and abuses facing farmworkers in the United States, and I hope it will serve to raise awareness of the invisible workers who bring us […]

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Final Thoughts from Bangladesh

By vicsolbert | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comment


I am settling back into life in the states now, and gearing up for my final year of graduate school to start. I realized that I have never given a proper description of the project I was working on Bangladesh. So here is some background information on what CREL is and what I was doing […]

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Work and Play in Cox’s Bazaar

By vicsolbert | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comment


The final region of field operations we visited was Cox’s Bazaar, a beautiful coastal destination in the far Southeast. Cox’s Bazaar is the number one destination for tourists in Bangladesh, 99% of which are Bangladeshi, as it is home to the longest (natural) beach in the world. It boasts 125 km of uninterrupted beach, though […]

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Secret Places of Bangladesh

By vicsolbert | July 16, 2014 | 0 Comment


The Chittagong Hill Tracts, the hidden jewel of Bangladesh, literally. The beautiful scenery of this region hides darker histories, of which Kaptai lake is a perfect example. The lake is gorgeous, with steep emerald green hills descending into the water, the shoreline dotted with small boat docks and houses. The lake was created however when […]

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The Pride of a Nation…is Another Country’s Team

By vicsolbert | July 13, 2014 | 1 Comment


Driving around Bangladesh, you might become confused as to which continent you are on. Everywhere you look there are flags flying, but most either from Brazil or Argentina. Every once in a while a German on Spanish flag is mixed in, but the predominance of Brazil and Argentina is clear. And they’re not just flags – they […]

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Field Work and Fasting

By vicsolbert | July 6, 2014 | 0 Comment

Feeding and admiring the size of a farmer's rapidly growing improved tilapia stock.

I returned to the beautiful Srimongol, in the North East region of Bangaldesh, for official data collection now that the field survey has been improved and finalized. This time we visited communities in the Lawachara National Park, a moderately hilly forested area famous for gibbons (though I unfortunately did not have time to go looking […]

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Intro to the Southern Region

By vicsolbert | June 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

A glimpse of the Sundarbans

First full week in the field. Though in reality a lot more time was spent in the car than in the field. Traveled from Dhaka to the south region, first stop the district of Satkhira and the village of Munshigonj on the edge of the Sundarbans National Park. It already would have been about a […]

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Elephant Extortion

By vicsolbert | June 20, 2014 | 2 Comment


While I work on writing up some more thoughtful posts on my first extended trip to the field, here is a fun story about how we got held up by an elephant. Elephants have historically been used extensively across Asia for labor and transportation, even siege engines and mounts of war. Their massive size, dexterous […]

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Empowering Women

By vicsolbert | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comment

A group of women who attended a Financial and Entrepreneurial Literacy Training Course.

While in the field earlier this week, outside the city of Srimongol, I interviewed a group of 10 young women who had participated in a Literacy Training program run by the CREL project. The training program not only taught reading and writing, but also math skills, and applied them towards business and financial management. So while […]

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