A time to reflect and improve ONA’s work

At Oxfam Novib, one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to put on hold recruitment of interns for the Oxfam Novib Academy until the end of this year. Interns love to work from our office in The Hague and experience the day-to-day dynamics of an INGO’s work. This is an essencial part…

Walking the Talk

If we demand change from others, we must first do it ourselves.  Oxfam Novib is an organisation built upon certain values: Empowerment, Inclusiveness, and Accountability. These values are at the core of what Oxfam Novib does and are at the foundation of every action it undertakes. It sounds simple enough in practice, right?  I joined Oxfam Novib to work on something…

The World is Changing

At the moment, crises are becoming increasingly complex. The average displaced person is displaced for 10 to 26 years (Ferris, 2018). Refugee camps can stand for decades; lives are lived in these settlements. The future will bring more climate (change) related disaster, which can in turn cause more displacement and conflict. These altering needs require…

Interning with ICT

Being an intern at Oxfam Novib is a welcoming experience. The whole organization and its people are very friendly and casual. But the most important thing is that they are open people. You are always welcome to have a conversation, and they really see you as one of their own instead of just another coffee…

Finding Your Corner of Oxfam

Oxfam is huge. And very complicated. Before starting my internship, I had to submit a report detailing what I would be doing. Question 1: Who are you working with? I thought it would be easy… I had after all grown up in the UK surrounded by Oxfam charity shops and was pretty familiar with the…

Supporting Each Other During Corona

How can we facilitate entrepreneurs in these corona times? That was a question that colleagues from the entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs’ team asked themselves. Eventually they came up with the idea to organize a Beat Corona Call to let entrepreneurs get in touch with each other. One of my tasks during my internship is to find…

A Special Internship Experience

When I started my internship in February with the introduction week, nobody could have imagined how it would develop. I was excited and curious to gain my first work experience. The first days were full of new information and impressions. I got to know my fellow interns, my colleagues, my workplace and my tasks for…

How does it feel, outside of your comfort zone?

Exciting? Scary (ranging from 0 till ∞)? Mixed feelings?  For many students, like myself, their first official internship feels as if you’re getting a taste of what the adult life is really like. The stereotypical view of the ‘adult life’ that is often held by youngsters would be waking up early, working from 9 till…