My experience at SASA was very memorable. I enjoyed working and supporting the organization with the knowledge I have gained throughout my years of education, however due to certain issues I wasn’t able to fully support and end the job that was given to me at the beginning of my internship, which was organizing a sports event in collaboration with Africa Unite.
Nevertheless it was very interesting to see how an NGO is organized and works. The fact that I was able to join many official meetings with South African officials, such as the police department meeting, gave me a better insight on what problems SASA is exposed to and how it operates and tries to deal with them. This work experience helped me realize and gave me a better idea of what I might want to do in the future and what I would like to specialize on after I have completed my bachelors.
I have learned a lot about the Somali and South African culture. My volunteering work has showed and given me a better insight on what problems and challenges refugees face when leaving their ‘’natural habitat’’ due to harsh conditions and political unrest and how important it is to support the cause in order for them to be able to live a normal life again.
This work experience made me realize how fortunate we volunteers are, having to be brought up in a country where so far no political unrest or war has threatened our existence which I come to appreciate with highest regards.