Meera's Cape Town Internship Review

    Human Rights  Internship In Cape Town, 2018


From the minute I had been in touch with Lucie about applying, she made sure that the placement I was looking for matched me perfectly! From then I had full faith in them as they always kept me up to date and briefed me on what to expect when I arrived! Bridging Gaps provided one of the best services I have experienced so far!

From the minute I had been in touch with Lucie about applying, she made sure that the placement I was looking for matched me perfectly! From then I had full faith in them as they always kept me up to date and briefed me on what to expect when I arrived! Bridging Gaps provided one of the best services I have experienced so far!

From the minute I had been in touch with Lucie about applying, she made sure that the placement I was looking for matched me perfectly! From then I had full faith in them as they always kept me up to date and briefed me on what to expect when I arrived! Bridging Gaps provided one of the best services I have experienced so far!

— Meera
Human Rights internship in Cape Town review/testimonial by Meera Govind

Meera Govind

Cape Town Human Rights Internship

Meera Govind is a student from the UK. She is completing degree in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Meera came to Cape Town in October 2018 for a 12 week internship and then extended her internship for an additional 12 months. Her internship consisted of 2 areas of focus: ie: Public Policy and Human Rights

Meera's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:UK
Institute:Nottingham Trent University
Course:Criminology
Internship Area(s):Human Rights  Law and Public Policy
InternshipFocus Options:Women's rights, welfare, public policy, development, NGO
Internship Year:2018
Internship Duration:34 weeks

Meera Govind

Human Rights Internship

Meera Govind is a student from the UK. She is completing degree in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Meera came to Cape Town in October 2018 for a 12 week internship and then extended her internship for an additional 12 months. Her internship consisted of 2 areas of focus: ie: Public Policy and Human Rights

Meera's INTERNSHIP:
Nationality:UK
Institute:Nottingham Trent University
Course:Criminology
Internship Area(s):Human Rights  Law and Public Policy
InternshipFocus Options:Women's rights, welfare, public policy, development, NGO
Internship Year:2018
Internship Duration:34 weeks

"The Best Experience!"

Meera Govind's Review from Go Abroad | June 7, 2019

The exciting opportunity to live in Cape Town would not have been possible without the help of Bridging Gaps! They provided such an enjoyable experience!! I had just graduated and was looking for an insightful internship experience. Bridging Gaps were able to connect me to an organisation which was exactly what I was looking for! They always ensured that I fit into just the right place and was happy with the internship! If I ever felt like I needed to change, the option was always there. Lucie and Luigi provided the best guidance and advice throughout my time here. They were so welcoming; always messaged or called to check how I was doing and answered any queries I had. I am So SO happy I applied through them and could not recommend them enough! Thank you, Bridging Gaps!

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Human Rights Cape Town Internship Review by Meera Govind, Nottingham Trent University (UK)

Meera's Full Human Rights Internship Review

internship placement experience

Human Rights Internship Placement Experience

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

What type of internship experience were you initially looking for?

My interest in human rights, specifically women’s rights had grown in my final year at university. This pushed me into finding an opportunity that would further my understanding of an NGO environment; their policy frameworks and how effective their approach stands.

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience?

How did your actual internship placement compare to your ideal internship experience?

My actual internship was exactly that! I worked at Embrace Dignity, a women’s rights NGO advocating to abolish prostitution and assist those who want to exit the system. I was involved in their legal advocacy projects which was such a great opportunity!

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Yes! This line of work deals with vulnerable people of society which can be tough to be in. However, I focused on the positive and realised why this NGO was so significant. It was there to radically change their reality. I became more aware of the importance of always engaging and asking questions, debating challenging ideas and advancing my research skills specifically with South African law! This hugely impacted my personal life and shaped my future career goals!

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Do you feel that you were given the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local host organisation?

Yes for sure!

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

What were your reasons for wanting to come to Cape Town to do an internship?

I had visited Cape Town once before and fell in love with it! The lifestyle is what drew me to applying for an internship program here and I wanted to experience life in another city after graduating!

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Did you receive sufficient levels of supervision and guidance from your colleagues at your host organisation?

While Bridging Gaps did mention that Cape Town work culture is generally more relaxed, it took a while to adjust to the environment of an NGO. It can come across as unstructured at first. However, I found that this gave me more flexibility to evaluate what projects I felt my skills would work for. So the level of supervision was present, but the majority of the time it was independent work followed by frequent discussions.

Overall do you feel that doing this international internship was a worthwhile experience which will help you achieve your career goals?

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, once I found the projects that I was super passionate about, they were able to trust me with it and always took my opinion into consideration when coming to a final decision. I was always eager to engage with them on various other projects. This led me to establish a great relationship with the team!

I LOVED IT! The people, beaches, wine and markets! There is a never ending list of activities to do! Most importantly though the breath-taking scenery and mountains always left me in awe of this city!

- Meera

I LOVED IT! The people, beaches, wine and markets! There is a never ending list of activities to do! Most importantly though the breath-taking scenery and mountains always left me in awe of this city!

- Meera

I LOVED IT! The people, beaches, wine and markets! There is a never ending list of activities to do! Most importantly though the breath-taking scenery and mountains always left me in awe of this city!

- Meera

I LOVED IT! The people, beaches, wine and markets! There is a never ending list of activities to do! Most importantly though the breath-taking scenery and mountains always left me in awe of this city!

- Meera
 

Cape Town experience

Meera's Experience of Cape Town

What fears did you have before coming to Cape Town with Bridging Gaps?

What fears did you have before coming to Cape Town with Bridging Gaps?

I think my main fear was adjusting to another country far away from home! But with the help of family around and Bridging Gaps, I felt so comfortable and settled in really quickly!

What do you think about those fears now?

What do you think about those fears now?

Already trying to figure out when I can come back!!

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

I LOVED IT! The people, beaches, wine, and markets! There is a never-ending list of activities to do! Most importantly though the breath-taking scenery and mountains always left me in awe of this city!

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of Cape Town?

Would you recommend Cape Town as a worthwhile and enjoyable place to visit?

I’D HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!! It will be one of the best decisions you will ever make!

 

They really take care of you, make sure that you’ve settled in well and assist you wherever they can!

- Meera

They really take care of you, make sure that you’ve settled in well and assist you wherever they can!

- Meera

They really take care of you, make sure that you’ve settled in well and assist you wherever they can!

- Meera

They really take care of you, make sure that you’ve settled in well and assist you wherever they can!

- Meera

They really take care of you, make sure that you’ve settled in well and assist you wherever they can!

- Meera

Bridging Gap's service

Meera's Review of Our Internship Programme & Services

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently?

From the minute I had been in touch with Lucie about applying, she made sure that the placement I was looking for matched me perfectly! From then I had full faith in them as they always kept me up to date and briefed me on what to expect when I arrived! Bridging Gaps provided one of the best services I have experienced so far!

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in Cape Town?

How was your experience of Bridging Gaps while you were on the ground in Cape Town?

They really take care of you, make sure that you’ve settled in well and assist you wherever they can!

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

The activities and dinners with other interns were always fun!

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

YES, 100%!

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

Having completed your placement and had the experiences you've have, what do you think about the fees now?

Well worth it! 🙂

Would you recommend pursing an internship in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps to other people?

What would you say to someone that is considering an internship here but is concerned about the fees?

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you’re investing in and I personally found it worthwhile!! From the internship learning experience and all the activities they offer; Bridging Gaps make sure you get the full experience you’re looking for! Thank you, Lucie and Luigi, for everything!!

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