We sat with Yingning Wang and shared a meal at one of Cape Town’s best coffee shops. Yingning shared her experiences of being in Cape Town, getting excited again about her highlights, and thinking back on her fondest memories during her internship.
Yingning visited Cape Town to complete her public health internship, focusing on HIV and AIDS. She spent one and a half months dedicating herself to this cause. Her main focus was to revise, update, and plum up an AIDS education manual.
She completely surpassed the organisation’s expectations and produced work that made a huge difference in the lives of many.
If you are studying in the fields of medicine and public health, or passionate about this cause, a public health internship with if i could…is exactly what you need to gain experience and fulfillment?
Intern in Cape Town
Originally from Shanghai, China, Yingning came to South Africa to immerse herself in a new culture, challenge herself and explore the beauty that Cape Town has to offer.
Yingning mentions that the highlight of her experience was meeting incredible friends. She is planning to meet up very soon with another if i could… volunteer Kamdyn Thakur!
Yingning’s internship was unique in the sense that it was fairly flexible. She worked remotely at several coffee shops in the area that she was staying. She largely credits this flexibility to the production of her work.
Tips to work alone
A part of Yingning’s experience was working remotely at coffee shops in the vibrant, characterful area of Observatory. This flexibility and freedom has perks, but requires a fair amount of discipline. Here are our top tips for staying focused when working alone.
- Get out of the house. On days that Yingning didn’t go through to the office, she set up a working station at a nearby coffee shop. This helped her focus and separate work from home.
- Set tasks and priorities. Take the time and effort to make a to-do list to help you streamline your tasks and responsibilities.
- Engage with your mentor. This is very important to help you stay accountable for your work. Yingning had a very good working relationship with her mentor which ensured focus and support
- Take regular breaks. Even when you are on a roll, it is important to take regular breaks to rejuvenate the mind and refresh your energy.
Yingning’s public health internship
Although Yingning only spent one and a half months in Cape Town, the impact that she left will resonate for far longer.
If you have a passion for change, and are starting to plan your year for 2020, check out our internships abroad. If you are interested in public health and medical our team has a range of amazing options in a number of country destinations. We offer international travellers and volunteers a chance to champion a cause (in this case public health and HIV/AIDS) and give back and make a real difference.