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Rewarding international development internship in Peru!
Submitted by Annabelle - Leeds | March 02, 2016
I worked as LAFF Communications and Information Officer for 2 months in Cusco and am continuing to work remotely for another month (I am grateful for LAFF's flexibility in allowing me to do this). I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Peru. The work was eye-opening and engaging and provided me with an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the international development sector. I enjoyed working in a small team environment, and coming to understand how each role fits in to and is essential to the running of the organisation as a whole, which at first seems to have a relatively complex structure. While plenty of support and guidance was given by other team members and the Project Manager when needed, you are also expected to work independently and to use initiative and creativity to come up with new ways to generate content for the organisation's social media platforms.
I would add that, for this position, speaking Spanish to a high standard is a great asset. It allows you interact with local partner organisations and with beneficiaries. For example, one of the tasks of my internship has been to conduct informal interviews with beneficiaries in order to gather information for fundraising purposes. I was glad to be able to put my existing language skills to good use and continue improving them in a professional context.
Cusco is a vibrant and pleasant place to live. In my free time, I did as many touristy things as possible and loved getting to know the local culture through exploring the city, participating in local festivities (such as the massive water fights for carnival!) and taking some Quechua classes. The team was very sociable and there was not a single moment when I was bored in Cusco. As a British national, the cost of living seemed cheap and it's relatively easy to get by on a budget (the big tourist attractions are the only expensive things!). There is a large ex-pat and volunteer community in Cusco, which means that it is easy to socialise and meet new people, yet this perhaps made it a little difficult to make local friends.
Overall, my internship has been a very enriching and educational experience on both a personal and professional level. Ideally, I would have stayed at least 3 months in Cusco as it takes about one month to get settled and come to fully understand how LAFF works. I would strongly recommend to anyone with an interest in international development and a flare for organisation, communications and social media.
Great Monitoring and Evaluation Position
Submitted by Edgard Benozatti - Cusco | March 01, 2016
Wroking at LAFF as a Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor has been an amazing experience.
The amount of learning opportunities presented on a daily basis makes the routine very dynamic. The challenges for M&E are many but the commitment of the whole team and the possibility of improving our services to our partners makes it a very fulfilling job.
LAFF is a small NGO, which gives every volunteer the opportunity to see and understand many different aspects of the organization and the different impacts we can have with our partners. It's like an intensive course on the challenges and opportunities for small NGO's working in the front of the development field.
The city of Cusco is a very interesting place to live and there is always something to do in your free time, the social and cultural aspects of the city is probably the reason why there are so many tourists and expats living here. I have no doubt that my period here with LAFF will have a great impact in my future, both from a professional point of view as well as personally.
I would recommend this position to anyone interested in learning and gaining field experience in international development while working in an amazing city with a very competent team.
International Partnerships Assistant
Submitted by Jade Marklew - Tweed Heads | March 01, 2016
My volunteering with LAFF has been a great personal and professional learning experience. I have had the opportunity to build a greater understanding of the dynamics of a small NGO, the value of partnerships and the positive impacts of such an organisation. My time in Cusco has given me the skills and knowledge that I will need for future career development. Cusco itself is a very easy place to live as a foreigner, with many opportunities for cultural immersion and the support of fellow expats. I would recommend LAFF to any newly graduated professionals who would like to improve their experiences and CV profile.
Many thanks to LAFF and the volunteers I have worked with!
Program: Youth Development Coordinator