Martina shares her Memories of the Fundraising Internship in Cape Town
Writing about Greenpop reminds me of the good old times during primary school, when the teacher made me write papers answering the question “Write something about your family”. During the three months I spent for my Fundraising Internship in Cape Town, Greenpop gradually became a second family, a second home that took me in and made me feel part of a big project I could contribute to.
An Internship with an environmental NGO
I never really believed in destiny but sometimes, when I look back at how everything started, I almost change my mind. That day I remember as it was yesterday. When I was walking around at my university in Milan I ran into two of my colleagues. It was winter but they already had clear ideas on how they would spend the summer: applying for internships in the corporate world, traveling the world, enrolling in universities abroad and other amazing stuff. When they asked me what I was going to do I said: “well, I’d like to do an internship in an environmental NGO”. That was everything I knew.
I went home, googled information about environmental NGOs around the world and immediately run into the Greenpop website. I decided to apply on the same day, feeling somehow that it would be a great experience. But I never thought it would change my life that much.
From Accounting to a Fundraising Internship
I started my internship working in the accounting department but then, I do not really know how and when, I started collaborating with the fundraising department and in the end, I stayed there. My days at work were never boring, I always had a lot to do in the office, from creating the donors’ newsletters to the inventory management. My supervisor was a fundamental part of my Fundraising internship in Cape Town. I learned so much working on her side, both from a professional and personal perspective. Because in the end Greenpop is also about discovering ourselves, our abilities and our limits that are never as close as we imagine them to be. During those three months, I became more self-confident, improved my soft skills and built amazing relationships that I will remember.
Together with the work in the office, I also took part in many planting days where everyone has the chance to step out from his/her own comfort zone, connect with new people and with the environment and sharing the beautiful moment of planting trees together.
This is what Cape Town means to me
And then there is, of course, Cape Town. The most beautiful city in the world, where fun, extraordinary people, good food and stunning natural beauties meet. Everyday, there was something to do in and around the city: hiking Lion’s Head or Table mountain, watching the sunset at Signal Hill with some pizza and drinks, going out in Long Street at night, chilling on the beach, eating good food at The Old Biscuit Mill or just driving a car and exploring some of the many stunning national parks around Cape Town.
Now that I am back home, no day passes without thinking about all the beautiful adventures I have had and all the beautiful people I met. “There are little things that I will never forget. Little nothing details that say more to me than anything else”: this is what Cape Town means to me.