I am an intern for Children in Crossfire for the month of July in the Development Education Department and it is my first week and I am already loving it!
My name is Sara Henderson and I am a 21-year-old Spanish student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I am currently in my last year of my Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Economics, specializing in International Economics and Business. Doing a major in International Economics and Business means that the main focus is on studying global development and how globalization has affected our planet at a business and non-business level. For this reason, I really enjoy working in the Development Education Department, since it focuses on the development side of economics at the same time as doing work to help everyone understand the main factors that are hindering development in underdeveloped economies. In the future, I am hoping to do a Master’s Degree in Finance or International Development, which is why this internship will help me decide between each Master’s Degree. Children in Crossfire also has many other departments that I am hoping that in the next few weeks I will be able to help in such as the Finance or Fundraising Department.
I have travelled all over the world, from growing up in Spain to living for a year in Idaho, United States, where there is such a different mentality. I am moving to Italy in September for my Erasmus semester, and it is very exciting since their culture is very similar to the Spanish one, and I haven’t lived in Spain since I was 17. I have also been to Asia (Sri Lanka, Bali and Maldives) a couple of times, which has been an eye-opening experience since poverty is more easily seen there than it is in Europe, and makes you learn how to be grateful for what you have and try to help others as much as you can. This has really motivated me to intern for Children in Crossfire.
The people working in Children in Crossfire are truly welcoming and nice and they always want to make sure that you are okay in their working environment and also with the work you are doing for them. It feels so good to work for a charity with such lovely people that care so much about others and are open to meet and work with other people.
This week, I have done a political cartoons book to help young people talk about local and global justice issues through the medium of cartoons, which has allowed me to share my opinion about these issues with other people and let other young people learn from these different perspectives. Young people nowadays are much more aware of the issues happening around them and I am happy to share my knowledge learned throughout my degree and my travelling with others.
Just from this week I definitely recommend other students that would like to gain some working/volunteering experience for their future careers to try it out at Children in Crossfire. You can adapt your experience with them as much as you want and they are always willing to accept help from you!