Volunteer Testimonials

Brilliant Fane

Oct 04, 2022

Hello everyone! My name is Brilliant Fane, and I am from Botswana. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in African Development Policy at the Pennsylvania State University. Before I started my internship with SIHMA, I always had a deep passion for African issues ranging from development, education and other social issues like poverty. This...

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Ángela Hernández López

Feb 16, 2022

My name is Ángela Hernández López, I am 25 years old and I am Spanish. I was born and raised in Valencia. After opting for an economic and social baccalaureate, where I started to study subjects such as sociology and psychopedagogy, I opted for a social degree and studied Social Work. I am currently a Social Worker at the University of...


Marzia Marzenta

Feb 16, 2022

If asked why I decided to undertake my curricular internship on the other side of the world, I would answer, "To study migration from a different perspective". I am Marzia Marzenta, a student of the Master's Degree in...


Victoria Jensen

Jan 25, 2022

My name is Victoria Jensen, and I am from Oslo, Norway. I have a degree in Development Studies from the University of Oslo, and my objective is to obtain a career within the field of humanitarian and human rights. I had the pleasure of joining SIHMA as a research and communications intern for 6 months, from June to December 2021. The rights and dignity of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are of great importance working within the humanitarian...

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Nicolette Pérez Verwer

Jan 19, 2022

My name is Nicolette Pérez Verwer and I studied Social Work at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I have always tried to complement my studies with other trainings in order to have a complete and multidisciplinary profile. For this reason, I thought it would be an interesting and necessary step to take a second Master's degree that addressed the study of migration at an international level, taking into account the decisive role that human...


Ginevra Gianardi

Oct 13, 2021

I am Ginevra, I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. I attended university at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and I graduated with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Politics in 2019. I completed a postgraduate degree in International Migration and Public Policy at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During my studies, I have further explored the relationship between healthcare disparities and migration, and have specifically focused...

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April Noelle Walter

Jul 27, 2021

Reflection from April Walter My name April Walter.  I am from Ohio in the United States.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Baldwin Wallace University.  Currently, I am working towards a Master of International Affairs from Pennsylvania State University.  Alongside my graduate degree, I am completing a graduate certificate in Public Health Preparedness.  I completed a remote internship for the months of June to July 2021 as a research and...


Mary Cascarelli

Jul 27, 2021

My name is Mary Cascarelli, and I am a 4th year student at Michigan State University in the United States. I am majoring in Comparative Cultures and Politics with Muslim Studies. After graduating in December 2021, I hope to obtain a post-graduate degree in Public Health and Social Work. I found SIHMA after my school put me in contact with Connect123 and I was then paired with SIHMA. Although my internship was all remote,...


Maita Deborah Jena

Jun 22, 2021

My name is Maita Jena. I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and I am a second-year student at the University of Middlesex (Mauritius Branch Campus). I am currently working towards obtaining a LLB Law degree with International Relations. I worked for SIHMA as an intern beginning in January 2021 and completing it in June. I found SIHMA through a third party organisation and was very fortunate...


Nolwenn Marconnet

Mar 02, 2021

I, Nolwenn Marconnet, am a 24 years old student and aspiring migration scholar. As part of my masters in Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, I conducted an internship with SIHMA from September 2020 to January 2021. I was introduced to SIHMA by a former AMIS student who conducted an internship at SIHMA in 2018-2019. SIHMA immediately caught my attention by their approach to research, which does not only focus on academic...