During these uncertain Coronavirus times, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work with VolNepal, an organisation intent on facilitating social development within in Nepalese communities, and its sister organisation AccessibleNepal who provide specially designed tours for the differently abled. The internship is completely online, and it has been a great way for me to stay productive and gain some valuable skills throughout the lockdown period. My colleagues have been incredibly welcoming. We have video meetings once a week and are in contact over email to check in and talk about upcoming/previous projects, these have been really useful as they allow me to ask questions and receive any feedback.
The work I have been doing has been interesting and varied, from writing content for social media and websites, networking with potential partners in the UK to researching and applying for funding/grants. In doing all of these I really feel like I am making a valuable contribution to the organisation, this feeling is reinforced by my lovely colleagues! This role is also helping me to develop some great transferrable skills that will help me in my future career. Skills include; flexibility, adaptability, communication skills and an ability to motivate myself/create and stick to certain routines and deadlines. During my role I have also been given the opportunity to work with a group of children who are based in Nepal. This has been so wonderful, for building my confidence, gaining more skills and building relationships with people in Nepal. Perhaps my favourite part of this internship experience so far has been the time spent researching and learning about Nepal as a country. It’s such a diverse country, with so many different things to do and enjoy. As someone who loves to travel, it seems like the dream place to experience! The culture, landscape and wildlife are so different from my home (the UK) and finding out about all that Nepal has to offer has made me desperate to visit, fingers crossed I will be able to one day. Overall, I am loving interning with VolNepal and AccessibleNepal and I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store!!!
Molly Gaught, UK