Lucy Voak: Human Rights internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Lucy (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 Lucy's internship programme was Human Rights.

SUMMARY

Overview of Lucy's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
8
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Social justice, Refugee work
Nationality:
Status:
Post Graduate
Institute:
University of Manchester
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KEY INSIGHT

Lucy's detailed ratings

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Here's how Lucy rated the different aspects of her Human Rights internship programme.

Overall Rating: 8/10
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Lucy'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 ?

I wanted to live somewhere abroad for a bit- I wanted to travel but didn’t want to keep moving. I wanted to live somewhere where you experience everything and you know your way around and start to feel at home. I wanted to add to my CV, and I thought Cape Town was a good place to do it because it’s still developing and it has a fascinating culture.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was looking to be involved with meetings and individual projects for an NGO focused on human rights.

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

It was great all the staff at the NGO were so friendly and welcoming. I was able to be involved in other activities in Cape Town through them too. The work I was given was definitely important to the projects the organisation facilitates, although some of the tasks were a little monotonous some times. I understand that this comes with doing an internship and I really enjoyed the majority of it. I gained great experience to add to my CV too.

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?

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?

Making friends- being by myself because I have never travelled by myself before.

What do you think about those fears now?

I wasn’t that concerned really because London is scary, everywhere is scary, you just have to be clever.

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

I really like it! There’s so much going on and so much to do. I would love to live here so I’ll definitely be coming back.

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

Yes definitely. I would have liked to be introduced to the other interns beforehand though because I made such a good friend here and we could have done some other travelling together if I had chatted with her before.

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

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

You guys were so good! I really enjoyed the social events and you helped me settle in so much.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

Just being able to talk to you about anything, anytime of day. Getting recommendations on doing stuff on your own.

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

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes definitely!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

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

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 Human Rights programme

Click below to see more a more detailed description of our programme to see if it can give you the career boost you're looking for.

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

Women’s rights

Healthcare

Youth empowerment

Human Rights Internship Programmes
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