Interview with Sofia Nombre!
Another intern has just arrived to the YEU Office! Sofia Nobre welcomed March changing sunny Portugal to snowy Brussels, where she is going to stay for the upcoming six months. We asked Sofia a few questions to get to know more about her first impressions.
1. What was your motivation to apply for such an internship?
Well, some people find it very uncommon for someone with a solid background in health to be so interested in YEU, but for me it is a must to be able to connect youth work and health. Non-formal education is a great way of promoting awareness among youth about several subjects and, personally, I would like to be able to develop projects in the future which shall connect the topics of discrimination, social inclusion and clinical issues.
2. What are your responsibilities now?
For the moment I feel like I am still adapting to the rhythm of the YEU Office. I have been assigned with some financial tasks, support in some project reports, in a project application and some logistic arrangements.
3. What kind of knowledge or experience do you expect to gain?
A network like YEU opens endless possibilities for someone who wants to make a difference. I expect to gain both knowledge and experience which will allow me to cultivate my skills in order to create and develop new projects in the future, and to become more familiar with the features of the administration of a non-governmental organization (NGO). Additionally, I believe I will gain more knowledge about the tools of non-formal education and how to put them into practice. Apart from this, YEU allows me to meet people from different backgrounds which I find fundamental for my personal development.
4. Are you going to use this experience in the future?
Yes I am, for sure. I plan being connected to YEU and continuing to give support to my local NGO. Apart from this, I intend to develop new projects where I can use the knowledge, skills and tools I will gain during my internship in YEU.
5. Would you recommend in few words taking up an opportunity of doing any internship?
Yes, I do recommend doing internships. I have done a few in the field of health, I am doing this one in YEU and I am thinking of doing more if I get the chance, and if I find it suitable for myself and my personal goals. Internships give us the opportunity to put into practice what we usually know only in theory until that moment, and also to find out how things really work on a daily basis, so that we can decide what to pursue in the future.
Thank you! :)