An outing to Mzoli’s for a lekker shisa nyama!

22 August 2016

Wait, what does that heading even mean? You can brush up on your Cape Town lingo here, but it means some of the interns in Cape Town at the moment joined if i could… team members for a great afternoon at Mzoli’s Place on Friday.

Mzoli’s is in Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Since it opened in early 2003, the restaurant has become a popular gathering spot for Cape Town residents and a tourist attraction. It’s a favourite of ours for its authentic vibe, especially on a Friday afternoon, and it’s great food! 

Here are a few pics from the intern outing:

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Why don’t you join us?

Want to be in Cape Town for the next outing? Make sure to apply here for an internship that makes a difference today!

A Home Far Away From Home…

11 August 2016

There is a popular saying in India, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which means ‘guest is god’ and it is not just a saying, but a way of being. Indians take great pride and honor in hosting guests, whether it’s their family, friends or even mere acquaintances. Apart from being a part of the culture, pleasing people and making them feel at home comes naturally to most Indians.

Around 8 million foreign tourists visit India each year and live in hotels, but sadly only a few of them experience the real Indian hospitality. For this very reason, homestays as a concept is growing in India. Homestay is a concept similar to that of a bed and breakfast with the only difference being that you are living with an Indian family. In most cases, homestays prove to be far more comfortable than staying at hotels.

At if i could… we try our best to make our interns feel safe and comfortable in a new country. We do so by helping connect them with our network of trusted accommodation hosts and make sure that they are placed in good hands, be it in Cape Town or New Delhi.

Most recently, we had one of our interns from the US sign up with us for an internship  in New Delhi and we set her up with one of our home stay families…

IMG_7945“My experience at Neeru’s house was beyond my expectation. When I was told I would be living with a family, I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. It only took me a day to know that this special family with whom I was staying, would forever be dear to my heart. Not only was I included in all their family activities, but I was also given the choice of doing whatever I wanted with my time and space. They are an incredibly warm and welcoming family and talking to them was always easy during my stay. I can honestly sum up my experience as memorable and special because of Neeru’s hospitality. No one would ever go hungry in her house!” says Winnie.

 

And here’s what the host, Neeru had to say..

IMG_7900“My experience hosting Winnie has been extremely joyful. She is a very sweet girl and adjusted to our home really quickly. In no time, Winnie became part of our family and we started hanging out often. I also taught her Hindi lessons which also gave us more time to interact with each other. She adapted to the Indian culture and food so well that she now cannot eat non spicy food. Well, that is one job done right! I thank if i could… for trusting me with Winnie and look forward to meeting and hosting many such wonderful, young people who capture your heart”.

While we continue to keep providing our interns with invaluable experiences, we urge all our interns to take a leap of faith and give homestay a try.  Considering the much talked about “welcoming Indian culture”, why not sign up for a New Delhi internship… it will definitely be memorable!

Follow us on Facebook &Instagram for latest updates and feel free to contact our programme coordinators for more info on iwould@ificould.co.za. We look forward to you joining us in Cape Town and New Delhi soon.

Top reasons why you should intern abroad

11 August 2016

Adventure sign with road background“An international internship is a great way of gaining experience in your chosen field and putting your skills into practice, whilst getting a taste of full time employment. Doing an internship abroad is also a way of proving your ability to work under pressure and to perform under more challenging circumstances. Your experience abroad will also give you a new, unique perspective by introducing you to different cultures and allowing you to learn from this,” says if i could… Programme Coordinator, Jess.

By heading out on an internship abroad, you will show your future employers that you are the kind of person who makes opportunities for yourself rather than waiting for something to happen. Employers rate confidence, initiative & interpersonal skills as three of the most important attributes for employment.

IIMG_2003t’s good for you as a person – There are countless professional benefits from doing an internship abroad. But let’s not discount the personal benefits too. Your international internship will boost your confidence, broaden your horizons, and give you a sense of accomplishment that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Traveling abroad not only educates you about the people and places you visit, but you often learn mostly about yourself.

 

In South Africa and New Delhi, you will gain a much broader view of current events as well as topics within your own field of study in the development sector particularly. This will help you in life to manage future challenges differently and solve problems from a better perspective.

It’s Fun! – Yes, you are there to work but you won’t be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Most internships allow you the flexibility to include travel and exploration of your new city be it travel, eat, dance, sing, sightsee, hike, climb, trek, swim, tour, or anything else that sounds fun to you. And better yet,  with if i could… you get to explore with other internationals on the same programme

DSC01344_smAll shapes & sizes – Employers want to know that you are able to work with and for all different types of people. An international internship shows that you can adapt to different cultures and styles. It shows future bosses that you are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone and that you have successfully worked  alongside people who in more ways than one are significantly different from you.

Hands on Experience –  As a student you may think that you know a lot about the job,  but as an intern you have actually DONE the job. You have proof that you can take what you’ve learned and apply it in the real working world.

Foreign Language Skills –  With our programmes you could either pick up Hindi in India or delve into one of the 11 official languages in South Africa. We offer Xhosa lessons in Cape Town and Hindi lessons in New Delhi. Learning a foreign language makes you a more suitable job candidate, in every industry, in this globalized world. We offer classes in both locations. The best way to truly learn the language, is to live it.

IMG-20160215-WA0004 (1)In-country support – We offer an extensive orientation to make sure you are well settled in your new city and accommodation assistance to help you find your home-away-from-home. We also arrange weekly outings so you can connect with other interns on the programme and plan trips together.

But by far still the number one reason should be: It’s An Experience of a lifetime that no amount of money could ever buy!

 

Our applications are accepted on a rolling basis; please visit www.ificould.co.za to find out more about our programme, and click here to apply. We would love to hear from you, so contact our team to start planning to intern abroad with if i could…

Newlands Beer tasting on International Beer day

11 August 2016

Newlands Brewery – the home of South African beer – is the oldest brewery in Africa, with an expansive and intertwined history that dates back to the days of voyager Jan van Riebeeck in the 1650s.

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On the Friday the 5th of August, which happened to be International Beer Day, the if i could… team and interns went on an outing to the Newlands Brewery for a tour and tasting. It was rather interesting to be told about the history of South African Breweries and the heritage of beer in South Africa because, as a nation, South Africans are generally loyal beer drinkers.

20160805_142521Our tour guide informed us that Castle Lager and Black Label are the most common brands consumed. You don’t actually realise the process of making beer and getting it from raw malt & hops to the final finished bottled product we find on the shelves in stores. In that respect, it was a fantastic experience to see and hear first-hand what goes down “behind the scenes” at SAB. The guide was impressive in terms of his knowledge and passion, and kept us all engaged with his stories about how the largest brewery came about and offered much insight to the brand that we wouldn’t ordinarily know.

 

As we were taken into the Brewhouse, we were introduced to the 4 core ingredients required to brew their award-winning beers: these are water, malt, maize, and hops. These ingredients are pulled together through the brewer’s yeast, which is not included as an ingredient on the label as it is removed during the process of filtration. We were then taken through the packaging process: starting from empty cases being lifted onto pallets, empty bottles being washed and filled again, being labelled and being packed back onto the pallets and then cased for delivery.

After a rather informative and fun tour of the brewery, we certainly worked up a thirst and so headed down to the bar area to get ready for the much anticipated ‘Beer Tasting’.

20160805_150927We tasted 5 of the brewery’s most well-known beers: Castle Lite, Castle Milk Stout, Flying Fish, Black Label and local craft beer,Newlands Spring Passionate Blond.  With each tasting, our guide explained how that particular beer was made, its unique flavours and aromas as well as the weight and colour of the beer and then the difference between lagers, ales and ciders.

It was actually quite similar to wine tasting in terms of etiquette where you would smell the beer first, sway the glass under your nose, and then give it a swirl while placing your hand on the top of the glass. Thereafter, you would again breath in the scent of the beer which allows you to fully appreciate the intense flavours and aromas. The next and final step would be the best part of course… to taste.

After the formal tasting was over, we were each offered two beers of our choice to then enjoy the rest of the afternoon in good company! A great day out was had by the group, many laughs were had and we are all looking forward to the next adventure.

 

What’s news this month – July 2016

6 July 2016

July welcomes the most extreme of the seasons: full blown Winter in Cape Town and sweltering Summer in New Delhi!And with this, we also welcome a few newcomers to both cities and are sure that some memorable experiences will be had by all and long-lasting friendships formed.

Welcomes:

In the past few weeks,we have welcomed 2 new interns: one to Cape Town & one to New Delhi:

Sloan Tandet recently arrived in Cape Town from Birmingham in Alabama, USA & studies at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. She has double majors in psychology and public health so she has joined one of our public health hosts

Winnie Atim has recently joined Mary in New Delhi. Winnie is from New York, USA and studies at Syracuse University in New York.
Her major is in public health and her internship focus is on public health/animal welfare.

 

And then later this month we have the following interns arriving:

  • Jennifer Moran  from the USA  and Louise Pere from France both joining one of our women’s rights hosts here in Cape Town
  • Kaiwen Guo also born in China but living in the USA joining one of our Human Rights hosts in Cape Town
  • Camille de Vos from Australia joining one of our Public health hosts in Cape Town
  • Heidi Hayashi from Japan who is going to New Delhi to join one of our gender equality hosts.

 

Language Classes:

Our Xhosa lessons continue every second Friday and have proven a hit with our current group. Think it may be MKu’s jokes that keeps them entertained.

We will have our Hindi classes starting this month in New Delhi.These language classes are held by Neeru Malhotra, a New Delhi native, at her home. She has a strong educational background and will be focusing on basic conversation and Indian culture. We will be sure to share some videos around these in the coming weeks.

Scheduled Outings this month:

We are all heading to the V&A waterfront this week to watch Independence Day in honour of the 4th of July and then, towards the end of July, we will all be heading to the Woodstock Brewery for a beer tasting.

In between all the action, we will be celebrating the iconic late Nelson Mandela’s birthday on the 18th of July by giving back 67minutes of service to a community cause which we will do a full story on in our next issue.

In New Delhi, Mary has recently visited Agra & the Taj Mahal and they are all planning a few more trips this month once the new intern arrive, which we will share with you too.

Make sure you keep following us on Facebook and Instagram for all the news and updates on all our intern adventures.

 

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