Imagine Scholar
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Imagine Scholar

Imagine Scholar is an innovative mentorship program for high school aged youths in the rural Nkomazi Region of South Africa. Our unique, student-centric program focuses on tactile, experiential learning opportunities, personal exploration, and academic excellence. Imagine Scholars are the driving force behind our program, growing into dedicated young leaders as they steer the direction of our progressive curriculum to reflect the issues that effect them the most. Our action-oriented approach strives to create sustainable development in our community through supporting and retaining local talent. We are so confident in the leadership ability of our students that Imagine Scholar will be entirely run by student alumni by the year 2020.

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Aj
Male
32 years old
Baltimore

International Development Internship

10/10

There have been many experiences in my life that have provided me with memories that I will cherish for years to come, but one of the most memorable experiences I have encountered was my internship with Imagine Scholar.

My internship began in the winter of 2015 when I began my fundraising campaign, in an effort to help out IS with their daily needs and support of their students. The fundraising campaign was tough, but fun, and gave me the confidence I needed to try new things and be creative with my fundraising ventures. Although, I was not sue that I would be able reach the fundraising goal that I had set for myself, I eventually reached my goal with 2 weeks left in the campaign.

After reaching my fundraising goal, it was off to South Africa where I would get the chance to work with extremely bright students and a wonderful staff. In my previous jobs/internships, there was not much opportunity to interact directly with program participants, but when working with IS, I was free to formulate lesson plans of various topics including, philosophy and human security, which are two topics I am very passionate about. Not knowing if the students would take to these topics and concepts, I was a little nervous, but how impressed I was, with the student’s level of excitement geared towards the introduction of new concepts and ideas. I will never forget the philosophy lectures we held, the human security debates that occurred, and the passion that the staff and students had for innovative ideas. I was greatly inspired by the love that the students and staff had for their community and one and other.

I highly recommend working or interning with Imagine Scholar, because of the new experiences that will occur. With some internships, the focus is, “what can I bring to the organization, or how can I affect these students in my own unique way?” Although I was open minded to the experiences that may occur, I myself has these same thoughts. When I got to Imagine Scholar however, the impact that I thought I would have on the students, was quickly muted by the impact that the students had on me. The impact that traveling to South Africa and working with the IS students had on me is indescribable, and I am proud to say I was affiliated with the organization.

I would like to say thank you to IS, for all of memories that your staff and students provided me with!!

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Aliza
Female
25 years old
Karachi, Pakistan
University of Washington- Seattle

Imagine Scholar '15

10/10

I visited Imagine Scholar in October 2015, and it was an incredibly fulfilling experience. Not only is the staff at IS welcoming, and supportive; the students are full of gratitude, and work tirelessly for their futures.
I have stayed in touch with them since my visit through email, and have loved to see all the progress they have made in just a few months.
Visiting South Africa was on my bucket list, and through IS I was able to do sight-seeing as well, and visit Cape town over the weekend. The staff at IS will do everything they can to make your trip enjoyable, and a worthwhile experience.

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Megan
Female
24 years old
Stonington, CT
Dickinson College

International Development Internship

10/10

My experience interning with Imagine Scholar was fantastic from start to finish. Throughout Phase 1, I had the opportunity to organize and host a variety of different fundraising and outreach events. Nick, our intern coordinator, served as a great resource for bouncing around ideas and asking questions. Phase 2 was my favorite part of the internship and one that I think makes Imagine Scholar unique. The opportunity to work on-site at the education center in South Africa provided the ability to see first-hand why Phase 1 is so important. After my month long stay at Imagine Scholar and getting to know the students, as well as the unique and empowering goals of the organization, I knew that Imagine Scholar was a place I wanted to continue working with moving forward. In fact, I loved my internship experience so much that I am back and part of our long-term staff! The International Development Internship is one I would recommend to anyone interested in development, travel, and working with a group of incredibly inspiring, young leaders.

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