Our very own Founder and Director of the if i could… programme, Lindy Briginshaw was featured in Go Overseas, an organisation focused on providing info to keen travellers who travel with a purpose.
Here is a sneak preview to the article.
What does the future hold for if i could… any exciting new programs to share?
Lindy: We are tremendously excited to grow the program. Currently internships are offered in Cape Town, South Africa and New Delhi, India. We have plans to add Kolkata as a second Indian destination, followed by a Latin American city – to be revealed in 2015!
As our internships have a specific development sector focus. Participants can work with a nonprofit while engaging with specific socio-economic and social justice issues. Most of our interns are passionate about careers in the development and humanitarian sectors and want to work with purpose.
if i could… enables our interns to see first hand the challenges of poverty, inequality, poor education, health and sanitation. And they can serve and help, while applying what they have learned in university to a real-life development setting. Our interns can give back in a meaningful, tangible way to those less fortunate and this spirit of generosity and giving is empowering.
What about the future of the industry? How do you think intern/volunteer abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?
Lindy: As the world becomes more and more interconnected and social media and technology empower us to connect, interact and engage, ‘overseas’ has become less distant, unknown and foreign. We can now connect effortlessly, in a very immediate personal way, with other world citizens through technology. We can go overseas virtually! This may, in future, change the way interns and volunteers consider destinations, and traveling.