Vanessa recently came from Germany to the UK to undertake an internship with Kids Club Kampala at our Head Office in Birmingham. She tells us about her interning experience here:
"I spent three weeks at the Head Office of Kids Club Kampala in Birmingham, UK. The internship was a lifetime experience. Starting work which you have never done before can be challenging, but coming from another country, speaking another language and having a different culture is an even bigger challenge. But I felt at home straight away and I am so glad to have been able to do an internship at Kids Club Kampala. Corrie and Olivia were really welcoming from the beginning and I had a great time. Entering Hope House on the first day was a really great start and there were so many friendly people to welcome me and to work with from both Kids Club Kampala and Urban Devotion Birmingham.
The charity gave me the opportunity to look into and to work on different parts of a charity and different aspects that it has to deal with. Kids Club Kampala gives you the opportunity to have an impact in different areas of the work that the charitable organization does: Social Media, Networking, projects planning, administration and accounting. I prepared things for their upcoming Winter Ball fundraising event, helped to develop communications for the School Sponsorship programme, helped to organize the accounts and a lot of other different things. Kids Club Kampala gave me vital experience in lots of different areas, and I really feel that I was able to make an impact, even though the internship only was for three weeks. At the office everyone works closely together to ensure that they achieve the best for the children in Uganda. The atmosphere at the office is really nice - I won’t forget the many cups of tea to keep yourself warm for the unusually cold weather for September or the many nice chats I had with all the people at the office.
All in all it was a great experience and I would really recommend it. The internship was really great and it inspired me to get more involved in volunteer work and in helping other people. It was a busy time at the KCK office and people were so appreciative of my help. It is a great feeling to realize that you have helped people and have been part of making a difference - not only to the office in Birmingham but also for the people in Uganda who are suffering with a lot of different problems which we in Europe often don’t have to think about."