Hi, I am Bachelor student in Journalism from Belgium. I did a 5 week long internship in the Women Empowerment and Film and Documentary making project. I loved every moment of it!
Everyday I enjoyed my one hour walk to Tinpipple to take pictures of women and their products. The views are beautiful and the people are lovely. I have worked on a project that gives women from marginalised backgrounds the opportunity to set up their own online business. Not a single day passed with me not wanting to go to ‘work’. I was motivated to see and listen to what the women had to tell me. Although it was not always simple to communicate, language isn’t the only means of communication.
It was also a great opportunity for me to practice my journalistic skills. Not only the contact with the local community and the culture, but also patience, flexibility and independence are important. I grew throughout my internships, and this wouldn’t be possible without the friendly and loving staff, and the way Nepali people can give with heart and soul. I feel like even as an intern, I was able to give something, for everything that these 5 weeks gave me!
I would love to return in the future and work on another project.
What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you get the change, really stay at a host family. It’s your second home, and the people are so lovely and warmhearted. When volunteering and interning make sure you don’r think too much about he future and let yourself lead by the events. If you open up, things will open up for you. Just enjoy and try to help with the important work the VIN does!