Four Students from the department of Geography of the University of Bamenda express full satisfaction from lessons learned and skilled gained during a one-month hands-on internship period at SURUDEV.
One of Sustainable run for development’s objectives is to provide hands-on experience and act as catalyst of Knowledge exchange with likeminded institutions, academic interns, volunteers and individual researchers. Since the creation of the organization back in 2007, an appreciable number of academic interns and volunteers from both national and international professional and academic backgrounds have benefited from the very rich package of internship and volunteering opportunities offered by the organization. A good number of these beneficiaries have testified and expressed satisfaction from the knowledge and skills gained during their internship or volunteering periods at SURUDEV.
On August 16, 2017, another batch of enthusiastic interns from the University of Bamenda stormed SURUDEV head office with recomended internship letters from various academic supervisors to benefit from SURUDEV’s rich package. The internship program designed in two parts-workshops and fieldwork lasted for a period of 31 days. The interns had access to a variety of courses and guidance in aspects of biodiversity conservation, water resource management, basic project design and management, public speaking and waste management. Alongside these specific internship objectives, SURUDEV also designs special lessons with purpose to enlighten interns and give them an environmental sensitive mindset with a vision to build sustainable agri-business projects that seek to conserve and protect the environment.
Speaking to one of the interns, Kelvine she expresses her satisfaction with the knowledge and skills she has gained during the time spent at SURUDEV in the following words; ‘It has been an incredible experience here and I must say, I wish it never ended. I had a great time with my fellow interns and we all feel satisfied and impressed with the entire scheme of work prepared and given to us during this one month. Sometimes it was challenging though but the staffs kept motivating us and at the end I belief it was worth it.’
Mukum Haris, a final year student also confessed his love for the program saying; it has all been good and so far, besides the knowledge gained in waste management, water resource management, and biodiversity conservation that I am familiar with, the project writing/management lessons with the public speaking lessons has helped me a lot. I am happy I now understand what a project is, how to come up with a good proposal and how to manage a project successfully too.
The executive director of SURUDEV Kari Jackson on behalf of the organization assures that the SURUDEV team will continue to create more opportunities and platforms to receive more interns and volunteers to enhance and promote more field experience and diverse knowledge to continue protecting and conserving the environment.