Demitria Wack: Education & Teaching internship programme review and rating.

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In 2020, Demitria (from United States of America) completed a 12 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Demitria's internship programme was Education & Teaching.

SUMMARY

Overview of Demitria's internship programme:

Year:
2020
Duration:
12
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Education policy
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
Fresno State University
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Here's how Demitria rated the different aspects of her Education & Teaching internship programme.

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Demitria's detailed review of her experience.

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Placement & programme experience
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Location experience
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Bridging Gaps' services & support experience
Placement & Programme
What were your reasons for wanting to complete in ?

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I had started changing my career path and wanted to step into education in more developing countries. When I initially looked into options abroad, I thought I would love to work with an education non profit to get more into the ground level work. I really just wanted to come and have the opportunity to be on the ground doing grassroots work since in school I studied more high level stuff. I also wanted to be in Cape Town since it looked like such a nice place.

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

I was initially looking for an education nonprofit that did grass roots development work as well as advocacy. After completing my internship I realised that the advocacy level of nonprofits I’m used to in the US doesn’t really exist here in the same realm. It was really great to speak to my team to implement advocacy as a new program for them, which was really cool.

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

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Did taking part in your internship challenge you and help develop your skills?

Yes!

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

When I arrived the whole team was busy with preparation for a new program, so we did a lot of monogamous work at first. But towards the end, they had me develop an entire new program for students and I was able to really put my hand in things. It was tricky because some days the wifi would go out which affected work but that was not a reflection of the company but the circumstances and it was eye opening of how dependent we are of our environment. It was such a rewarding experience.

Overall, was this international internship a worthwhile experience that will help you achieve your career goals?

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

Part of me thought it could have been a scam and was really nervous. I got in touch with a former intern beforehand to learn more about Bridging Gaps which helped put me at ease. I also didn’t know what to expect with safety.

What do you think about those fears now?

I feel a lot better, if you are smart and know the basic rules and take extra precautions you are totally safe.

After spending some time in the city, what is your impression of with Bridging Gaps?

It was amazing! You could wake up in the morning and go hike, then go to work, then go home and go to the beach for a few hours, then go for a sunset hike. There's so much to do all the time. I definitely enjoyed being in a city and having the mountains nearby.

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

Definitely! Things I would recommend doing is hiking, getting to know the locals. I joined an online group called chicks who hike which was really cool. That’s something if I stayed longer, I would try to do more of- trying to get to know the local people. I would also recommend staying at the Bridging Gaps house because it made it so easy to find things to do and people to hang out with.

Service & Support
Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently? E.g. placement search, communications, mentoring?

Yes everything was so easy.

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

Honestly, I thought you guys were great. When I arrived there was a big sign and I felt like this is exactly where I’m supposed to be, so thank you! I think back to when I had an ear issue, you guys dropped me off, waited for me and got me coffee. When I first arrived there was an immediate wine tasting event which was great so I could meet people. Overall you guys were really really helpful.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

You guys literally found me the perfect internship which is crazy!

Did Bridging Gaps help you prepare for your trip sufficiently? E.g. placement search, communications, mentoring?

Yes everything was so easy.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes, definitely! My advice would be to do what I did and speak to someone who’s been on the programs before so you can get an understanding of how everything works.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Honestly, I don’t really know – I thought you guys were great! I did think there would be more social events but Freeland definitely provided that. The wine tasting we did with Bridging gaps was so fun!

Before you applied, how did you feel about the programme fees?

It’s so long ago I don’t even remember! I do remember thinking it was funny to pay to go work, but then I realized I’m actually paying to be in Cape Town and have that abroad experience. That’s what I’m really paying for. Realistically though, I thought the fees were really reasonable considering all they included. Bridging Gaps made things so easy I was willing to pay for that ease. I remember there being two program options and that was also great to be able to choose what worked for me.

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

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

Anything else you would like to add?

Check out our Education & Teaching programme

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Education & Teaching Internship Programmes

We facilitate a wide range of exciting and meaningful education and teaching internships in local schools, community centres, care homes and NGO’s in Cape Town. Equip yourself with valuable classroom experience, participate in important community outreach programmes, contribute to the development of the education system in South Africa, assist inspirational local teachers and make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.

Internship Focus Options:

Education policy

School teaching

Sports

Community outreach

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