South Africa Jetsetter: A year of travel in review

11 November 2011

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We found this great article on The Huffington Post highlighting top travel for the year. Coming in at #3 was the one-and-only, South Africa! The post highlighted Cape Town’s infamous beaches, a chance to see the Big 5, and venturing out east to Victoria Falls, among other things.

Great to see that South Africa, and the Southern Africa region, are receiving their well-deserved publicity.

Check out the article HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jetsettercom/a-year-of-travel-by-jetse_b_1084901.html?ref=mostpopular#s464711&title=MARCH_Southern_Africa

& if that’s not enough, The New York Times‘ travel blog highlighted a 36 hours in Cape Town review:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/travel/36-hours-in-cape-town.html

Intern Reflection: the importance of summer internships!

21 October 2011

The article “A Guide for Summer Interns: Your Personal Matrix” by Jodi Glickman is published on HBR blog website on July 6th. Great timing as it is almost the half way (maybe now almost the end) of our summer internships. The main message Glickman conveys is that we are in the driver’s seat of our careers and what we get from our summer internships is in our hands. She suggests making a current situation and a wish list matrix which includes people we worked with and people we think they might serve as mentors to us. This will show us the outline of how to go from point A to point Z. Filling gaps between point A and Z is our new task that we can share and discuss with our mentors/colleagues. I think it is a great opportunity to create a strategy for the rest of our internships. Moreover, as what we want to do is a concrete document now it will keep our minds focused.

No one will practice and learn everything doing an internship in summer however it is one of the best ways to put our knowledge into practice, learn more and sharpen our skills. This is important not only for our own personal development and for our career but also for the future of the world as we all are ambassadors of development and peace. I believe that keeping our minds focused and getting the most from the internship to honor all resources poured on us and all efforts we put forth until today is the least we can do.

-Banu

Dear World Wide Web

6 October 2011

Dear World Wide Web,

I am soooo excited to get out!  The chilly weather in Cape Town has kept me hiding under a blanket for a few days, but next week is Pecha Kucha 20×20!  Sooo excited.

“Pecha Kucha takes place in over 420 cities worldwide. Devised for people to meet, network, and show their work in public. The presentations are 20 images X 20 seconds each.” (more…)

Welcome to our blog!

1 October 2011

We’ve launched our new internship blog and we couldn’t be more excited! Housed on this page you’ll find all sorts of info related to South Africa, the development sector, and most importantly, your internship programme.

Soon, this blog will be your one-stop-shop for comprehensive news, fun facts, and updates. As we scour the news and read about current affairs, we’ll post them onto the blog as part of our ‘thoughts incubator’ series and hope to generate discussions that will challenge your thoughts, open your mind, and educate you about different initiatives.

As development hopefuls and practitioners, it’s important to keep challenging ideas and learn about current happenings. Soaking in all this knowledge will directly impact your day-to-day work with your organization. We’ve quickly learned that Cape Town is nothing short of excitement and constant adventure. With that, it can also be a bit daunting to scour news and tourist sites for upcoming events in the Western Cape.

Visit our blog frequently for postings on future events and our recommendations of must-see’s and must-do’s! Lastly, we’ll be posting information related to your internship programme — including profiling your host organizations, adding helpful hints, and highlighting different interns within the programme.

This particular section and series will equip you with as much information to make your internship experience as profound as possible. It’ll also give you insight into the other interns and what other cool organizations are doing in the area.

So in short, stay tuned! Keep checking back for photos, events, updates, and forums on all things related to Cape Town, the development sector, and your internship experience. — Enjoy!

**This is a collaborative effort, so please shoot us an email or leave us a comment below with story ideas, current news tips, or if you’d like to contribute as a guest blogger!**

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