This October SAEP was lucky enough to have not one, but two extraordinary interns join our Early Childhood Development (ECD) team.  We interviewed them here to find out more about their experiences.

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Viathou Bijleveld, 23.

Tell us a little about yourself… Where are you from and what are you studying?
For the past four years I’ve been studying psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I’ve just finished my bachelors and will go back to complete my Masters in Economic and Consumer Psychology at the University of Leiden.

Why did you choose SAEP for your internship?
I wanted to experience psychology in the real world. I wanted to be able to experience different ways in which communities are supported.

What has been the most memorable or surprising part of your experience with SAEP so far?
The most memorable experience so far was when I gave my first self-protective behaviour training to the 3-5 year olds. It was quite confronting to realize that there are children who are growing up in environments which require them to be taught that their body belongs to them.

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Camille de Vos, 25.

Tell us a little about yourself… Where are you from and what are you studying?
I’m 25 years old and from Australia. I’m a qualified speech pathologist and finished my degree in 2012. Since then I’ve spent some time as a volunteer and worked in rural western Australia.

What are you hoping to gain from your time with SAEP?
I am hoping to do some research into early childhood and language development in developing communities and, once I’m finished, I’d like to spend more time working with other organisations in Africa before heading back home.

Why did you choose SAEP?
I chose SAEP as the ECD programme was very focused on empowering people who are already involved in the community. I came here hoping to build on my skills and knowledge in early childhood development and to also learn more about the NPO sector.

If you would like to find out more about interning or volunteering at SAEP, visit our Support SAEP page here.

 

 

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