Laura George: Human Rights internship programme review and rating.

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In 2020, Laura (from United Kingdom) completed a 8 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Laura's internship programme was Human Rights.

SUMMARY

Overview of Laura's internship programme:

Year:
2020
Duration:
8
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Social justice, Refugee work
Nationality:
Status:
Undergraduate
Institute:
University of Birmingham
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Here's how Laura rated the different aspects of her Human Rights internship programme.

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Laura'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 ?

Because I’ve gone straight from University I wanted to take some time before settling into my career to try a few different things. I don’t know exactly why I chose Cape Town, I think it was somewhere I’d never been but always wanted to go. I knew if I didn’t do it now, when would I? I’d never studied law but had always been interested, so I thought gaining this experience would be a great taster and in Cape Town, there is a high demand for legal professionals in human rights. So it was a marriage of wanting to be in cape town and developing my career.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I knew I wanted to be somewhere that was client based because I think quite a few options could have been more research based. Since my university was so heavily focused on research I knew I wanted something more interactive where I could see a case from start to finish.

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

Now after completing the internship, I am considering possibly moving into this exact field. The work is so meaningful and rewarding

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

Yes, they completely trusted me with clients, but also were really helpful in answering questions and guiding me when needed. I always felt like I could knock on anyone's door and they were interested in helping me learn

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Sometimes I felt a bit thrown in the deep end because they trusted me with such important tasks. But they knew they were there for me to support if I needed help.

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

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

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?

My dad used to travel here and he was a little bit skeptical about safety

What do you think about those fears now?

Now leaving I feel so much more comfortable. I remember my first day at my internship when you guys came with me, I felt so nervous walking around with my rucksack. I felt so nervous and looking back I feel so bad for that. I’m definitely leaving feeling so much more confident.

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

I would definitely recommend travelling to Cape Town. My impressions are that I love the culture, the people are so nice and relaxed. Whereas in London it is so go go go and no one speaks to anyone. I love how chatty people are and the culture. My favorite thing I did was all the hikes, lions head, sunset hikes, I love that you have the city and also such peaceful hiking trails

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

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

The placement search was really good. From my side, I was a bit bad at communicating, but Lucie was so on top of it and super helpful in sending lots of options. The pre-arrival information and advice was really helpful.

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

I think even from when I first arrived you guys were so sweet. You met me at the airport with water and a sandwich, which seems like such a small thing but little touches like that are really special. Aso taking me to my first day and making sure I know where to go, little details like that. Knowing if anything happened you guys would be there. I remember when I first arrived I thought maybe I should move somewhere closer to my placement but really glad I stayed at the Bridging Gaps accommodation because it provided so much of a social vibe.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

I remember when I had to go to get some items replaced and you were with me the whole time even when I was crying in the store. It was so sweet. Everything was so much easier because of you guys.

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

The placement search was really good. From my side, I was a bit bad at communicating, but Lucie was so on top of it and super helpful in sending lots of options. The pre-arrival information and advice was really helpful.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

I think the thing with my internship is that I would have never been able to find them without you guys. You guys took out all the hard parts of planning an internship.

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

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

You guys took the hard part out of my trip from finding accommodation and internship itself, so I feel like I paid for the ease of everything. I don’t remember thinking it was at all expensive and was really reasonable for what you’re getting.

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?

Get a feel for what you’re getting yourself into, talk to someone who’s done the program to answer any questions. If you’re worried about not having a good time, you are definitely going to. The scariest thing about cape town is being alone, so it's great to be connected to an organization like bridging gaps.

Anything else you would like to add?

Check out our Human Rights programme

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Human Rights Internship Programmes

Challenge yourself, work on your personal development, learn from dedicated and passionate colleagues and assist an inspirational organisation in their work towards social justice and the promotion of human rights. Our human rights internships give you the chance to make a genuine difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of South African society whilst gaining a valuable insight into what daily life working for NGOs or advocacy organisations is really like.

Internship Focus Options:

Social justice, Refugee work

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Human Rights Internship Programmes
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