As our last course came to an end in February, I looked forward to not only working on my thesis but also my internship at Save the Children. A name in child protection rights especially, my desire to work there was natural. Owing to ongoing refugee crisis in Europe the opportunity to see how aid organizations work in order to safeguard children, seemed almost mouthwatering.
My time at Save the Children or “Radda Barnen” started in late February with my classmate Sofia. Since it is an organization for children, the place oozes “child friendliness”. I loved the red couch with stuffed toys on the reception floor. The book shelves next to the kitchen area are filled with books and magazines with pictures of children on them. I would have loved to read what they said but unfortunately I am nowhere close to mastering Swedish.
Although most of the time was dedicated to our own thesis work, some of it was dedicated to following meetings and taking notes. This proved to be very inspiring because it allowed us to see how aid organizations work. And how people working within one think and strategize operations. The needs it is fulfilling.
But the fact that there is a need to be fulfilled means there is a big problem at hand. The fact that these problems are on-going in so many countries in the world, made me feel a bit sad at times. But it did make me hopeful nevertheless to know organizations like Save the Children are like there to help.
My suggestion to people reading this would be to try to get hold of any opportunity of work experience, internship, shadowing, anything while you are a student. Not only does that help you grow in experience but also adds to your CV.