Volunteer Voices

Working with us means taking on a challenging and rewarding international development internship. How do we know? Just ask our alumni!

SID believes in learning by doing. As a volunteer in Kenya, I set up two education centres, one production studio, hired and trained over eight staff, and served as a liaison with two local NGO partners. The experience and responsibility SID provided me during this internship was intensive and demanding, but it was also extremely liberating, and highly rewarding, helping me grow both professionally and personally. The hardest part about the internship? Leaving. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Nicole Hart

SID’s partnership with the Olive Branch for Children in Tanzania gave me a truly unique work experience. I piloted a classroom project (1Room) – based on a completely new, innovative model of education – to deliver secondary school education material to a rural village with no high school. The Olive Branch worked with local leaders to identify what the community wanted, and we worked with them to deliver it. The project had me managing all aspects of setting up a classroom from scratch, including pedagogy, community outreach, project sustainability, digital technologies and human resources. The overall experience was equally challenging and rewarding.

Phil Rafalko

SID has given me the tools and opportunity to make the project my own. I am in a managerial role with the freedom to direct the workflow. The support and guidance given by SID will be invaluable to my future international projects.

Nathan Hernandez

As a global health intern in Western Kenya, I learned not only about what diseases are most prevalent in this region, but also about different levels of healthcare. Working in multiple dispensaries over the course of two months, I was able to see first hand how patients are diagnosed, treated, and counseled for diseases such as malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, and more. Beyond the health experience, I was immersed in a culture that I originally knew little about and had new experiences every single day. In my short time as a global health intern, I learned more than I ever could by sitting in a classroom, and I now cannot wait to expand my knowledge further while pursuing a career in global health/medicine.

Diana Malandruccolo

Working as a Research Associate for SID gave me the opportunity to pursue my interests in global health while exploring knowledge and attitudes about maternal health in rural Kenya. The program not only helped me to develop research skills but also gave me an appreciation for applying them in a developing country context.

Rabia Bana

Working with SID broadened my horizons personally and professionally. Shortly after volunteering with SID, I was able to secure a fully funded position in community economic development in the Philippines through the Canadian International Development Agency Youth Internship Program. My experience supporting the launch of an income-generating project for HIV self-help group in Kenya was invaluable on many levels.

Chiara Magboo

Countries

Kenya

Where: Vihiga and Kisumu Counties
Sectors: Education K-12, Health Infrastructure, WASH

Peru

Where: Metro Trujillo
Sectors: Education Grades 7-12, WASH

Tanzania

Where: Mbeya Region
Sectors: Education Grades 7-12, Health Promotion