Quotes from Past Participants:
“I had the opportunity to intern with Orchid Project from January until August 2012 in London, England. Orchid Project is a single-issue charity working to end female genital cutting (FGC) in one generation. Orchid Project’s approach to the abandonment of FGC is respectful and conscientious, which is extremely important when working on such a sensitive and controversial issue.
During my time with Orchid Project, I was able to gain invaluable insight into the high-level functioning of a non-governmental organization in the UK. The work environment was fast-paced and reactive, and the team was small yet dynamic, allowing me to get experience in multiple areas of NGO work such as advocacy, communications, events and research. The volunteer coordinator also made sure to help volunteers find tasks and projects that were both useful to Orchid Project, and relevant to individual goals and interests.
There is always something exciting going on at Orchid Project, whether it’s visiting the Houses of Parliament to advocate for more resources to help abandon FGC, planning events to raise awareness on the issue, or participating in strategic meetings to clarify goals and objectives. I learned so much during the eight months I spent in London, both professionally and culturally. I also extended my professional network, and met other like-minded and passionate people with whom I will keep in touch for years to come.”
– Justine Jensen, former University of Oregon Student and IE3 Intern, now studying MA in Anthropology and Sociology of Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland