I came to Cape Town as an Intern in 2011 and I am still here. In fact, I now train and mentor the Interns. As an intern, I was impressed with enthusiasm of the staff and their desire to continually develop the projects. My project was to set up our Grade R site for volunteers. It’s been great to be able to see this project continue to develop since then. The Internship allowed me to have experiences in an entirely different situation than in my job as a teacher at home and one thing about working here…..every day is different! Although I have done leadership training and community projects in the past, I thought that doing such work in an entirely different context would broaden my experience. It certainly did that. On a personal level I have had the opportunity to travel, experience different cultures and live with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures. On a professional level I have had a complete career change. I came as an Intern and two years later I am still working here and am now the Project Manager of the Cape Town projects. I would definitely recommend an Internship as part of the volunteer experience. It provides an opportunity for Training and Development in leadership skills and you then have the opportunity to use the skills to develop your own project to help the local community. It’s such a satisfying experience on both a personal and professional level.