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Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI)

My time with AFAWI gave me the opportunity to experience first hand the obstacles associated with the implementation and operation of social developments projects within West Africa, in what seemed to be a typically unequal and unjust African capital. Yet by working within a dedicated organisation along with both creative minded interns and inspiring local employees, it became apparent that many of these first noticed problems could soon be capably overcome. Whilst working on the “ECCACHLD” project that aimed to provide much needed health, medical and educational support to vulnerability children, I found myself independently coordinating with facilitators working for a wide array of local institutions, social organisations and disciplinary professions. In reflection, I believe AFAWI’s internship programme provides you with the provisional coordinates necessary to implement social development projects within the local community, yet allows you to work independently synchronizing and managing, offering you the opportunity to responsibly ensure that vulnerable children effectively receive help. Given a position of reliability, the placement forces interns to be both think intuitively and creatively, as well allowing interns the opportunity to independently develop project in directions that reflects their own personal concerns.

Working in the ‘field’ predominantly, allows an intern to experience first hand the dilemmas of current development interventions; both through ones own experience of programme implementation as well as observing troublesome governmental run development services within the local community. AFAWI’S social programming allows you to intimately explore the structure of Ghanaian social, health and medical institutions, becoming unavoidably inspired by a community of committed working professionals; whose societies development and the fulfilment of its people has been noticeably prevented by a corrupt government and an inequitable social order.

In personal reflection, my experience with AFAWI entirely motivated and inspired my greater involvement and commitment towards social development, both towards Africa and on a wider international scale. AFAWI’S internship scheme facilitates social development both for the local community and for ones own personal development, where an intern will find themselves confronted with issues of programming ethics, the diversity of culture, as well as gaining a deep insight into local Christian and Islamic faith. I recommend this experience to anyone who is passionate about social development, human aid and the complexities of cultural variation, and to someone who will be inspired and not discouraged by an opportunity to work independently and initiatively on an inspiring ground roots development project.

Program:
Location: Africa
Posted: Jan 24, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Frontier

I have so far spent nearly three weeks in the jungle with the Frontier Costa Rica project and I am loving it! Everyday offers something new and exciting, getting to participate on a number of different surveys and projects. Every time you step out into the jungle there is something new to see from primates swinging to through the trees and micro frogs hopping around your feet. I have particularly enjoyed the turtle project, releasing the baby hatchlings is so rewarding. Camp living is basic but we are fortunate enough that we have some excellent cooks on camp so the food has always been good! Anyone that is missing home luxuries can easily pop into town at the weekends as its only a collectivo ride away. Staff and volunteers were friendly and attentive when I arrived and have really helped me to settle into this beautiful environment!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jan 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Travellers Worldwide

Egypt is a wonderful place and so different from Europe.During our 9 days here,not only amazing scenery we saw,but also kind people who lives in Egypt we appreciated.Especially the staff from Hello-Hi tour agency,the tour guide Osama,he is so nice and always be helpful.we really appreciate for his kindness.Nice trip ,nice people,nice food.Can't waiting for the second trip in Egypt!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Egypt
Posted: Jan 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I have been in Costa Rica with Frontier for a little over two weeks now, and I am loving it. The jungle is big, and wild, and beautiful. The lifestyle is simple, cooperative, and hardworking.

When I arrived, the friendly staff helped me setup my hammock, and then they started cooking dinner. The food here is surprisingly good. I dove into the work right away, and immediately loved releasing the turtle hatchlings on the beach and observing the primates as they swing carelessly through the trees.

Every day in the jungle is a beautiful one, but bring deodorant and an extra pair of shorts—it’s hot and humid here. We spend most of our time hiking, so a good water bottle is a must.

This rainforest is magic. The people here—Frontier people and Costa Ricans alike—are truly kind. The work we do is incredible, and the impact is measurable. I am planning to be here for 3 months, and I already know that when the time comes, I will be sad to leave.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 23, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

The Intern Group

As one of the first participants in the Intern Melbourne program, I must say that overall I was very impressed with the program. I worked as an accountant intern at a local event management company that was about a 20 minute train ride from the accommodation in Bell. The accommodation is set up like a hotel with individual rooms/bathrooms and a shared kitchen and laundry room on each floor. There is also a nice pool and game room on the premises. It was safe and clean enough, and it is possible to upgrade, so I have no complaints.

The most valuable experience I gained from my internship (aside from international working experience for my resume) was meeting/networking with other interns from all over the world. While the internship was a valuable experience for me, I would have to say that, by far, the most valuable part of my participation in the program was immersing myself in a new culture and meeting so many new people, both in the Intern Melbourne program and also throughout the city. The accommodation at Bell City was full of students and interns who were from all parts of the world, and we all shared a common bond of being travelers in a new country. Because of this, I formed a lot of really great friendships in Melbourne.
Melbourne itself is a fantastic, vibrant city with so many good people and a lot of fun to be had. It is definitely a place worth experiencing, and my only regret is not staying there longer. Also, the Intern Melbourne staff are really fantastic and helpful, and Lewis and Lana are always willing to help (and go out for some fun). I can say with 100% certainty that they really do want for you to get the most out of the program. They made my stay in Melbourne so much more enjoyable.
For those considering this program I can say that it turned out to be a really great experience for me because I learned so much about both myself and others. The best way to get the most out of the program is to let go of all your inhibitions, jump right in with both feet and allow Melbourne to grace you with its goodness!

Improvements I would suggest are more events for professional development and transportation to the airport upon departure from the program.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: Jan 22, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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