Megan – On The Ground Intern
Megan was our first on-the-ground intern and came from Fort Collins, Colorado to spend two months with us! Currently, she is studying human development with a dream of one day getting a master’s, a counseling license, and eventually running a sustainable farm with horticultural therapy, yoga, and educational programs. She also spent two years in West Virginia studying horticulture before taking a break from school to travel, volunteer, study yoga and sustainable agriculture. While traveling in India, she acquired 500 hours of yoga teacher training in the Himalayas and in southern India. She has also volunteered on various sustainable farms and took a month-long course in Ecuador to further her knowledge and understanding of the topic.
Megan focused on improving and expanding our garden with organic strategies, composting, and adding more variety. She also facilitated workshops for our Girl Power and women’s empowerment groups. She was especially excited about bringing yoga to the various girl groups, the wildlife, and going rafting in the Zambezi river during her stay!
Shelby – Remote & On The Ground Intern
Shelby joined us from St. Louis, Missouri via a hybrid internship with both remote and on the ground experiences. Shelby is currently studying at the University of Southern California to get her masters in Public Administration. She has a passion for working with people and experiencing different cultures. She especially enjoys learning about nonprofit management, organisational leadership, and education policy. Shelby hopes to have her own nonprofit someday.
After working with children and school administrators in China, Central America, and her hometown of St. Louis, Shelby was eager for the opportunity to come to Baobuyu. While here, she created and facilitated teacher workshops, as well as lessons and activities for our students and female empowerment programs. Shelby adored the safaris, rafting and hiking trips, and all Africa has to offer with her new friends at Baobuyu.
Katie – Remote & On The Ground Intern
Katie is joining us from Boston, Massachusetts, USA via a hybrid internship with both remote and on-the-ground experiences for six months! She arrived in early September and she will be on the ground with us through to the end of the year. Katie is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston. She brings nearly 7 years of experience mentoring, teaching, and working with people of all ages. Katie has a passion for working with people, learning about underrepresented populations, and experiencing different cultures.
After completing a virtual six-month program director internship with a community center in Quito, Ecuador last year; Katie is excited to experience the on-the-ground side of non-profit organizations and collaborate with the teachers to create fun and sustainable lesson plans. In her time with Baobuyu, Katie hopes to collaborate with the girls’ group to create programs to support their needs and learn as much as she can about the Zambian culture and history. In addition to her work at Baobuyu, Katie is looking forward to using her time in Zambia to experience safaris, rafting, and hiking trips and all Africa has to offer.
Anaïs – Remote Intern
Anaïs joined the Baobuyu team in March and she is with us until October 2021 as our first remote intern from the UK! Currently, she is on a gap year before studying English and French at the University of Oxford in autumn. Looking to the future, she hopes to pursue a career in human rights, with a focus on female empowerment and access to education.
She is working with the ‘Girl Power’ group from afar to organise an ‘Evening of Voice’ in the UK, a project that seeks both to raise the girls’ voices, whilst sharing their stories, traditions and hopes. She has also created various resources, such as a ‘Basic First Aid’ booklet and is now collaborating on a ‘Puberty Guide’.
Anaïs very much hopes to visit Baobuyu in person one day.
Steph – On The Ground Intern & Project Coordinator
Steph first came to volunteer with Baobuyu in 2018 where she provided one-on-one help to students who needed extra attention. She soon captured all of our hearts with her endless patience and love for the children, and quickly became a huge part of our Baobuyu family.
At the end of 2018, Steph returned to Zambia to volunteer full time with our school. She was involved with all aspects of Baobuyu, from overseeing our website and creative content, social media, finances, planning, and leading our Girl Power group. To say that we were happy to have her with us is an understatement!