Shannon Hogg: Human Rights internship programme review and rating.

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In 2018, Shannon (from United States of America) completed a 6 week internship programme with Bridging Gaps in the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa. The primary career area of Shannon's internship programme was Human Rights.

SUMMARY

Overview of Shannon's internship programme:

Year:
2018
Duration:
6
weeks
Location:
South Africa
Prog Choice:
CareerFocus:
Social justice, Refugee work
Nationality:
Status:
Professional
Institute:
Olympic Community College
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KEY INSIGHT

Shannon's detailed ratings

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

Overall Rating: 10/10
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Shannon'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 didn’t know what I wanted to major in, so I decided to take a gap year and work abroad.

What kind of internship experience were you initially looking for?

I was initially looking for something like an NGO. I wasn’t looking for something specific at the time, I was very flexible.

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

My internship ended up being exactly what I wanted.

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

Were you given adequate responsibilities during your internship?

Yes, I had to do new things I had never done before.

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?

Yes, because I was given lots of responsibility that I feel was worthwhile, and not just meaningless work. One of the most impactful responsibilities they gave me was teaching, where I helped refugees learn new skills such as how to work computers.

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

Yes, because I was able to gain valuable skills at my internship that I can definitely use in the future. I feel more confident in my abilities and in living on my own.

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

I was mostly worried about missing my family.

What do you think about those fears now?

I’m over it now, it was challenging in the beginning but now I feel like I’ve grown a lot since I first arrived!

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

I love it here. It’s a good city! You make lots of friends, and there are lots of activities to do.

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

Yes definitely.

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

Yes, the placement search was very good. Lucie was able to quickly secure many options for me and I got to choose which one I liked best. The communication between us before my arrival was just spot on. And the info you provided me was accurate.

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

Good! Whenever I needed something you were always there to help.

What was the best feature of the Bridging Gaps service?

I think besides all the discounts we get for activities and things we want to do, whenever we need something we can just ask and you will immediately respond and it never feels like we’re alone in that sense.

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

Yes, the placement search was very good. Lucie was able to quickly secure many options for me and I got to choose which one I liked best. The communication between us before my arrival was just spot on. And the info you provided me was accurate.

Would you recommend pursuing in with us to other people?

Yes!

In what ways could our internship programmes be improved?

Yes!

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?

I think its definitely worth doing an internship where there is a service provided. It’s much easier and the support makes it worth the money.

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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