Volunteer Testimonials

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...

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Mary Cascarelli


Jul 27, 2021

Reflection from Mary Cascarelli 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...

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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...

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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...

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Christine Lalor


Dec 21, 2020

My name is Christine Lalor. I am 25 years old and come from Cape Town, South Africa. I have an Honours degree in Political Science and am currently studying for a degree in Applied Psychology and Counselling. I began my internship at SIHMA in October 2020. As I live in Cape Town, I have been very lucky to have been able to come into the office twice a week for the last three months. My capacity at SIHMA...

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Jeremiah Masaya


Dec 08, 2020

My name is Jeremiah and I am from Zimbabwe. I was a remote volunteer at SIHMA from August to early November 2020 during the COVID-19 virus pandemic lockdown that commenced on the 26th of March 2020 in South Africa.  At the end of my internship I volunteered partly remotely and party at the office joining colleagues who also returned to the office. I worked from home because of movement restrictions that were put in place to curb the...

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Nell Fredericks


Dec 01, 2020

 To start, I’ll introduce myself – my name is Nell, I’m 21 years old, and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently a third-year student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, studying philosophy, politics, and law. I had the privilege of working with SIHMA as a virtual intern these past four months.  Back in August, I faced a lot of uncertainty. As COVID-19 cases were rising in the United States, many...

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Felipa Schmidt


Aug 20, 2020

My name is Felipa, I am from Germany and I was a research intern for SIHMA from May to August 2020. I had originally intended to come to Cape Town from February to August 2020 to complete the internship, yet as the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the international travel bans were put in place, the internship became remote. Despite having a remote internship, the wealth of knowledge that I gained was not impacted.  I came to...

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Emma Dionne


Feb 06, 2020

My name is Emma Dionne.  I am from Rhode Island, USA.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology in 2017 from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. I came to Cape Town to gain an international perspective before furthering my education. I volunteered at the Scalabrini Study Centre in Cape Town from April to June 2019.  Some of my specific activities included creating a country profile that will be used to establish an online atlas of migration...

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Isabel Hacket


Feb 06, 2020

My name is Isabel Hacket. After arriving at SIHMA, I got a chance to get involved with multiple aspects of the organization and engage with the motivated and kind people who work there. My first two weeks were exclusively with SIHMA as I did research with a visiting professor from Northern Arizona University on one of Scalabrini Centre's very own programs, the Women’s Platform. For that work, I took notes during focus group interviews, and I am currently...

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