I cannot recommend Bridging Gaps enough!
I completed an internship with The Underdog Project through Bridging Gaps for a month in 2017 and it was the most rewarding experience. Lucie and Julian were so helpful from the beginning. It was my first time travelling alone and my longest ever flight. Since the moment I arrived, the met me, and always checked with me how was I doing. Every weekend, they took all of the interns/volunteers to trips, sightseeing, and wine tasting events. They provided me with the appropriate information, made sure I was safe all the time, and even made sure I got a backup phone. Even after I returned to England, both of them emailed and asked me how I was getting on with things.
For the time I had with The Underdog Project, I gained my first insight into the behind-the-scenes aspect of an NPO, met with the founder, Jenna to discuss the work and helped her with administrative support. Moreover, I assisted Anya, the lead facilitator, with delivering school and holiday workshops for underprivileged and vulnerable children. We gave educational workshops and advice for children along with dog training courses. I also helped her with research on “Masculinity and Dog Fighting” to present in a conference. Most importantly, I gained an amazing friend, Anna whom I recently met up in London and we caught up.
Since my time with the Bridging Gaps, I've gained self-confidence and my overall experience helped me to be more flexible and open-minded. I still want to go back to Cape Town, and hopefully one day I will have the chance to meet up with Julian and Lucie again :)