Environmental Research Internship


By: Hannah Elzinga | Posted on: 16 Feb 2019

“Being an Environmental Research Intern for two months was truly a life-changing and eye-opening experience. I found this internship because I was looking to do something good for the planet while traveling and advancing my career in conservation biology. This experience was the perfect combination of all three. I chose work with nature because Marteen (the primary biologist and co-founder of the foundation) let me design my own research project. Because I already had some experience with field biology and doing biological research I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to design and execute my own project. I ended up establishing a system for monitoring biodiversity levels in different types of rainforest and reforested areas. This was truly a valuable collaborative effort between myself, Marteen and Hanneke and ended up being a very successful project.

In addition to working on my research project, the other students and I helped out around the farm, picking fruits, planting and weeding as well as helped out in the village with community projects such as picking up trash, painting the village health center and teaching English to local students. The work I did with Work With Nature was rewarding in more ways than one.

In addition to Hanneke and Marteen being amazing hosts, the other students that were living on the farm became really close friends. We all shared a common love and interest in biology and conservation and being able to explore Costa Rica together lead us to all become very close. In addition Tapa, our awesome field guide and good friend, was our connection to the local community and culture. A local from the village, cooked us amazing traditional Costa Rican dishes throughout the week and we were always excited to see her walking down the path towards our kitchen. On the weekends, my friends and I would often take a bus to one of the nearby towns to explore Costa Rica a little more. I ended up traveling around Costa Rica and Panama for a month after my stay and being so immersed in the culture by living on the farm for two months was a great introduction to the country. This was my first time traveling alone internationally so I was a little nervous, but that feeling quickly went away and I always felt very safe on the farm and everywhere I traveled within Costa Rica.

If these weren’t reasons enough already to volunteer for this internship, the mission might be. WWN uses the money from volunteers and donations to buy up hectares of land in order to preserve and reforest areas that have been deforested or are in danger of being deforested. You may even get to plant some trees that will contribute to much needed rainforest in the future!

After my experience in Costa Rica, I had a better sense of the career I wanted to pursue and the kind of life I wanted to live when I got back home. There is no better way to get to know the amazing rainforests and culture of Costa Rica than being so immersed and being surrounded by amazing people from all over the world.

Thank you!”

Environmental Research Internship in Costa Rica

 

Very proud to be associated with this organisation!

Terry Knight at Computer in cambodia


By: Terry Knight | Posted on: 15 Feb 2019

“This organization is one of the best I have ever worked/volunteered with. They are actively involved in and with the communities they serve in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia. They provide clean water through the provision of wells, latrines and hygiene and social entrepreneurship programs among many others that can be found on their website.

Our role as volunteers is to assist and actively contribute to the success of the organization and its dedicated local, full-time staff. The staff work on a host of initiatives from teaching in the local schools to running the social entrepreneurship programs. They were certainly invaluable guides and friends who helped me navigate the language and cultural aspects of living and working Cambodia.

One of the most important aspects of their work, in my opinion is that while they do some independent work, most of the programs are done in conjunction with those in the communities they serve. For example, they run a breakfast program for the 1,000 kids that attend the schools where they operate. However, many of the families of the children that are beneficiaries of the program grow and serve the food at breakfast. This, along with their social enterprise programs enable the local community to develop a sense of independence and really follow the mantra of offering a hand up, not a hand out. Overall, if you are flexible and willing to listen and learn while also offering your voice and experience, a volunteer experience with this organisation will be an incredibly rewarding experience.

The volunteer experience offered me an opportunity to learn a lot about NGO Management but more importantly, how plans actually work in practice on the ground and also how they impact the affected communities. I really can’t recommend this program strongly enough to anyone who wants to learn more about NGO Management/Community Development, who has a passion to better people’s lives, and is eager to learn.

If you looking for a reputable organization to volunteer with and are eager to have an immediate and direct impact in people’s lives, volunteering with them will be an incredible experience and you will be very proud to be associated with this organisation.”

NGO Management Internship in Cambodia

 

I scored with this organization!

Margot B at desk


By: Margot Beauchamp | Posted on: 14 Feb 2019

“I missed doing a gap year after university so decided to do one after retiring at 65.  I checked the Global Nomadic website and was lucky to be matched up with Cambodian Community Dream Organization in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  From January to March 2018 I volunteered with them, writing grants and helping to seek funds for their incredible community programs.  I scored with this organization!

There are many Non-Government organizations in Cambodia that come and go but this is one of the good ones that gas lasted for over 10 years and continues to do excellent work!  The CEO Jenni Lipa and Executive Director, Leangseng Hoy are amazing, friendly, supportive people who will make your stay a rewarding and memorable one. You will love the Cambodian staff and all the amazing families and individuals they support!  I highly recommend them!”

NGO Management Internship in Cambodia

 

First week!

Joelle on the project in Cambodia


By: Joelle Millery | Posted on: 13 Feb 2019

“I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the early morning after a stopover in Bangkok. The first impression was just fantastic. Right from the beginning, I could smell the fragrance of the Frangipani flowers I had read about, but, never experienced!

The guesthouse I’m staying at had organized the Tuk-tuk pick-up which was waiting patiently for me to process my visa.

First of all, driving away from an airport in a tuk-tuk sets the mood already to both something close to an evanescent time and romance. As few Europeans were arriving with me, I also exchanged glances with other young volunteers, backpackers and parents like typical Angkor tourists.

A day of wonder started. I met with Luisa Gentile, the person in charge of ‘Professionals doing good’ in the afternoon. We did the necessary errands; buying a SIM card, establishing a Cambodian mobile phone number, even installing the “PassApp”- a newly created Application that facilitates ordering a tuk-tuk from anywhere to everywhere and with no surprising costs upon arrival! Some say. they missed the haggling, but in my case, I soon discovered how practical it is!

Luisa even let me in on the best vegetable’ dealers at the market, where I started to buy my first tomatoes and cucumbers!!! Coming from snowed up Germany, it felt rather strange to buy these summer staples here in Cambodia.

My first day at work was a bit of a whirlwind of information, which is normal, but amid this overwhelming feeling, I also had the joy to discover that the association had readied a very nice blue bike for me. I suddenly felt very welcomed and blessed by their generosity. Indeed, the previous day, I had tried biking with one of the guest house’s bicycle- let’s just say my commute would have been much more difficult!

While information filled my head, even Keisha JWOC Fundraising and Communications Manager recognized she had: “never Joelle on the project in Cambodiatalked that much, in a long time!”. I must not have paid enough attention to all the street names, because the morning after, when it was time to head toward work, I started mixing up all the streets, the architectural landmarks and ended up on unpaved roads! I met lovely Cambodians who clearly thought I was lost and kept trying to help me find back my way to the association!!! I didn’t mind so much being lost (I discovered some nice back roads for later days and took some pictures!). However, being late at work on the second/third and fourth day was becoming a concern for me. Well, Kea whom I voiced my concerns to, saved me: “after the 3rd stop light, turn right”, and it worked!!!

What was hard for me the first few nights/days, was the heat!!! I was not used to it anymore, even from last summer! My body had to adjust and get acclimated again to the 30/35 degrees Celsius. The silver lining of this heat is of course the discovery of all the fruits, vegetables even taro ice cream, which makes it OK to sweat a bit too much. You just need to drink more!!

Right from the start, JWOC staff was very welcoming and included me in all their gatherings, lunches, and outings. After week one, I was on a nice track and felt very happy I decided to come volunteer.

My work, so far is related to a change in the organization’s strategy and I will use my previous background in fundraising for Higher Education institutions. I will also help analyzed, proposed new metrics and streamlined some of the mediums used by JWOC to improve their overall communication.

The magic is to be continued.”

 

Business Analyst in Cambodia

 

 

Good experience


By: Yeseul Na | Posted on: 13 Feb 2019

  • Do you feel the project makes an impact in its field?

    Yes. I applied to Cambodia hospital and send my resume to Luisa(Cambodia volunteer manager). She offered me to volunteer at the school because I studied food nutrition and education. I think it’s a good idea too. So I volunteer at New Hope School. The school doesn’t have food nutritionist and It’s the first time to meet food nutritionist.

  • Do you feel that you have made a difference to the project?

    I need to change a lot. I changed cooks and kitchen condition and make a new rule for breakfast.

  • What challenges have you encountered?}

    Sometimes they don’t understand why to change a menu or why to clean the kitchen every time. I have to explain every time and wait until the change.

  • Did you manage to overcome any of the challenges?

    Yes. Sometimes they can’t understand me but when I explain about the change they tried to understand me and made a difference.

  • What successes are you proud of?

    More clean kitchen and wear the hat and apron for a cook. And change the menu for food nutrition balance.

  • Did the project meet your expectations?

    Yes. I want to help them. But I think they helped me. I learned leadership, warm heart, and cooperative.

  • Would you recommend this project to a friend?

    Yes. If you want to learn a warm heart and have a good experience than you have to do volunteer. It will so good time for you.

Eustatius Marine Park

Botond on the Marine conservation project in st Eustatius


By: Sarah Mitchell | Posted on: 13 Feb 2019

“Upon completion of my Global Nomadic project, I feel prepared to take on a career that I have always imagined. After graduating college with a degree in Marine Science, decent grades, and some lab and field experience, the idea of working as a marine scientist still sounded like a distant dream that I wasn’t at all prepared for. There were so many options in so many different places, and all of them wanted you to be experienced and ready to commit. Now that I have traveled to Statia, through Global Nomadic, and worked in their marine park, I feel that I have a bit of that experience jobs are looking for, this is something I’m very proud of.

The biggest challenge I experienced on this project is actually such a small challenge really. I was surprised to realize when I arrived that I was the only volunteer/intern currently there from the US, and barely met anyone else the whole time on the island that was from the US either. Since everyone spoke English, it really wasn’t a big deal at all, but as someone who hasn’t traveled much I found it to be a strange feeling. On Thanksgiving my whole extended family video chatted me during their dinner, but that evening I ate Ramen noodles alone at the picnic table. Everyone had such strong and different accents and I had a hard time understanding a lot of them, (that and the different slang words I had no clue what meant at first). Frequently I was asked things about US politics or places or traditions that I had a hard time explaining on my own, and this made me feel stupid and uncomfortable.  By the end of my trip though, I was so glad I was the only one from the US. I feel rich from learning so many different cultures, and now I have friends all over to go visit some day!

Not only did working there show me how to take care of a marine park, specifically and most importantly by caring for the corals it contained, but also allowed me to meet and work with researchers from all over the globe who were working on different projects. Meeting these people allowed me to make connections for future jobs or schools, gave me ideas for future study topics, and practiced me in conducting research while diving. Although there may not have been much knowledge of my own I could bring to the project to improve it, I do think that I helped make a difference by bringing positivity into work each day. I also made an effort to stay active in the local community, which helped me to bring new ideas and experiences to the marine park. For example one of the times some researchers were coming into town they were using a dive shop to conduct their research and the marine park wasn’t aware what they were doing till I found out and got myself and the marine park ranger invited to join along, which in the end also helped him to complete a training session he was required to complete soon.

This project really gave me everything I was expecting and more. Besides all the things I’ve already mentioned, I also logged enough dives to continue on to Divemaster training, which is the next project I would like to take on.  I would highly recommend this project to a friend in my field for all these reasons, and for the parts I wasn’t expecting to gain either. Which is the friends I made along the way and the memories and fun I had while there.”

 

Coral Reef & Marine Park Conservation in St Eustatius

 

 

Internship with WAAF/IHCC

public health internship in Ghana


By: Isabella Anokye | Posted on: 13 Feb 2019

“My decision to pursue an internship in Ghana during my Masters in public health came from different reasons. Firstly, I was born and raised in Ghana till the age of 12 and moved to Denmark after that. I have always wanted to work with the health sector once I have finished my degree and gained some experience. While searching for a potential NGO I could work with, I came across WAAF. I was curious about their target population and about the educational aspects they offer. I was drawn to the positive report from previous interns and volunteers and ongoing projects.

There has been great communication between me and contact persons at Global Nomadic. I had chosen to be in Accra 14 days before internship start. A staff member at the Aya Centre picked me up from my residence and accompanied me to my host family. He also took me on accompanied me on the correct bus route on my first work day. During my internship orientation, I was asked to write down my interests and public health areas of focus, and my work schedules/assigned tasks were adjusted accordingly. The WAAF staff were welcoming and friendly.

The following statements are personal experience I have had with both clients and staffs.

Education Day

Educational Day is an activity done once a month for HIV positive mothers and pregnant women with healthy babies. The program is called Healthy Mother = Health baby. A staff member, usually a nurse teaches the group about specific topics relating to their health. It could be about nutrition, medicine administration, other comorbidities related to HIV/AIDS. Before lessons start, there is a short repetition previous topic to refresh their memories. This opens to knowledge sharing individual learning about the topics. The women are good in encouraging each other. It is interesting to see how empowering this can be unto the women. It is also really exciting to experience how their children could escape HIS infection because of adherence to treatment. This bring lots of hope.

Home visit to an HIV client

A home visit to deliver ARV to a client who has defaulted a couple of times earlier and now have AIDS. Her weight and BP were taken to check whether she is getting better. She has developed opportunistic infection with sores in her mouth. This makes it a little impossible for her to eat properly. She weighed 26 kg, can barely walk, and has a terrible cough. She was encouraged to keep taking her drugs. Since the drugs are too big, she is encouraged to break them into little pieces when she takes them. It is interesting and amazing that home visits are available to those who are really need them.

Outreach on World AIDS DAY

Doing counselling together with an HIV counsellor. It was interesting to offer sex education counselling to those who came to check their HIV status. I realised most of them were market working women who worked very hard. Lots of effort and communication is invested in such a big day to make everything come together. There were a lot of people waiting to get checked and this was a bit challenging because it meant there was a long queue.

The OPD (IHCC)

Taking vitals of clients before seeing the doctor is an important part of the care giving services at IHCC. There is also a great opportunity to interact with clients and hear and listen to their stories whiles waiting for the doctor. One elderly relative accompanied a client who got unwell after seeing the doctor. She was offered a bed and a drip. Meanwhile the elderly relative sat outside and looked very tired. I offered her a sachet water for which she was thankful.

A day in the lab

I was asked to help at the lab with data entry on viral loads of HIV clients. Most of the viral loads were follow ups from previous tests. The most challenging about entering the data is when there are more than 1 clients with the same name. Fortunately, the lab technicians have a way of identifying and separating the clients from each other. So, I had to save them for later so that they can enter the data themselves. When viral loads are below 20, the HIV virus is undetectable. It is interesting to learn how important adherence to medication in terms of treating HIV virus and gaining a better quality of life.”

 

Public Health Internship in Ghana

 

Vietnam Food shop project

Minkyong on the Food shop project in Vietnam


By: Minkyong Jee | Posted on: 13 Feb 2019

  • Do you feel the project makes an impact in its field?

The project definitely have soft and hard impact in the food shelter in Vietnam. I have contributed to the society by physically helping them with the food shop activities such as preparing and serving the meals as well as cleaning the shop. Not only this, but interacting with the local community and with the other volunteers have help me to realize the importance of abolishing boundaries through globalization.

  • Do you feel that you have made a difference to the project?

My gain through the projects were significant. I have learned about the culture and how to build the community to share the resources and cooperate. I felt like the project made difference in me more than I have a difference to the community.

  • What challenges have you encountered?

The physical labor was refreshing as I do not encounter to have such opportunities much in daily life. I wish that I had certain culinary skills so that I can help more with the cooking. There were times that I felt like I can’t offer so much to the project.

  • Did you manage to overcome any of the challenges?

There are always different ways to contribute to the project. Eventually I learned to figure out how to be in part of the projects by asking around and helping others out. It is all in the mindset and how you see it.

  • What successes are you proud of?

I am proud that I made a decision to go on to this trip and learned to give and share.

  • Did the project meet your expectations?

Yes, the project have me an opportunity that I was expecting and I have wonderful time in Vietnam.

  • Would you recommend this project to a friend?

I already have recommended this project to my friends and they are very keen on taking the opportunity.

 

Food Shop Volunteer in Vietnam