TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR INTERNS

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MARIA SUAREZ

Intern, 2019

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“I went to Thailand for an internship as part of my masters in Post War Recovery Studies. Going to Mae Sot and supporting the work of Kickstart Art was a lifetime experience. It allowed me to have experiences that I would not have in other places. I particularly valued the opportunity to take part in the refugee art teaching project taking photos, videos and notes and feeling as another member of the organization. I also learnt a lot from Equal & Opposite (which partners with NGOs like Kick Start Art to help them develop) about report writing, project management, fundraising and how to interact directly with donors. The experience also presented a unique opportunity to work directly with migrant children and communities from Myanmar/Burma, conduct interviews with them but also with a good number of grassroots NGO's and international organizations. For me, the experience was unique in terms of learning, and thanks to the members of Kickstart art and E&O it was also fun. I really felt supported and welcomed by them.” 

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CATARINA SILVA

Intern, 2020

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"While I was doing my master's double degree in International Management and Business Analytics, I wanted to do a Summer Internship, but the Covid-19 pandemic came and shifted my original idea to do a virtual internship instead. I wanted to learn more about NGOs and how they operate, and I was lucky to be placed with Equal & Opposite (E&O).  My role as a “New Partnerships Intern” consisted of matching NGOs to potential donors or partners to help them get funds. I have researched NGOs and Donors from Thailand as an initial step, but the main goal was to do the same for Timor-Leste and include it in a country report. As a Portuguese, I have always heard about Timor-Leste and this was a great opportunity to learn more about the country, its culture and its people. I have also had the opportunity to interview wonderful people that shared their experiences with me and I also created general guidelines for future matching and on how to go about doing a country report for other countries. Furthermore, I created a more automatic way to match NGOs and donors based on the areas they operate in, and by using my digital and analytical skills I created an Access database with all the information gathered, which is more user-friendly than Excel.  This was a unique experience, that allowed me to get to know different cultures even though I haven’t left my country. My initial goal of understanding how NGOs operate and what are some of the challenges they face was certainly achieved. I feel that I have learned a lot, but at the same time, it was a really fun experience. I really enjoyed the work I was doing, and I felt that I was being useful and listened to, which sometimes doesn’t happen in internships. E&O is a great company to work for, and I would definitely recommend it." 

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TOM SHURMAN

Intern, 2020

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“I worked for E&O across a range of interesting projects with a number of partners. The first part of my placement involved drafting a funding application for charity in Myanmar that was centred around the teaching of art. I then focused on a report on East Timor, collecting and summarising number of interviews carried out by E&O to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by a potential project in the country. I ended my placement by drawing together research on Tanzania so that E&O had a better understanding about the political, economic and social situation surrounding a future partner. During my weeks working for the organisation, I had the chance to improve on my research, presentation and communication skills whilst also meeting some fantastic and inspiring individuals across several continents.” 

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JOHN BALLANTINE

Intern, 2020

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“Over the months I volunteered for E&O I really enjoyed learning about the legal requirements for a startup social enterprise and more generally for a small business. It has been a great chance to do some practical legal work that will hopefully have a long lasting and positive impact for E&O. The main challenges I faced over the course of the internship were the obstacles created by COVID. The entire internship was virtual which meant I had to get used to relaying information over the phone and email rather than in person.  I hope that the experiences I have had on my internship will be useful training in giving information to clients and helping clients with specific problems and tasks. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to work with you on this new exciting project. I hope you and E&O have lots of success in the future.” 

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LUCAS SCOTT-HARSTON

Intern, 2020

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 "As an intern with Equal & Opposite from September to December 2020 I was introduced to the field of international development through hands-on work with E&O’s partners. I worked on a variety of tasks to support each of the partners and the E&O team. These included: arranging weekly calls with our partners, working on the development of the E&O website, developing social media communications on behalf of our partners, editing texts, researching potential funding opportunities, and contributing to the development of a draft grant proposal. This highly valuable and varied experience with E&O allowed me to learn a great deal of knowledge in the field of international development, and specifically the intricacies of grassroots NGO work. Lastly, the internship provided me with tangible professional working experience that will help me in my future career wherever this may take me. "