Sara Johnson

Photo of SarahSara started interning with Afrinspire in September 2011 as Communications & Fundraising Officer.  Sara worked on launching the new Afrinspire website, supporting the new Afrinspire Cambridge Student Society and coordinating Social Media communications. Sara supported fundraising drives such as the Christmas Big Give and networking at Afrinspire stalls at events such as The Humanitarian Centre Global Health Launch.  In December 2011 Sara went on to work at Engineers Without Borders UK part-time alongside volunteering at Afrinspire.

In January 2012 Sara travelled to Uganda with Afrinspire for 2 weeks to run an Impact Assessment Conference with 18 African Partners followed by visits to Afrinspire’s Ugandan partner projects. On her return, Sara spent 4 months part-time working on an Impact Assessment Report as part of the Vodafone World of Difference, demonstrating what Afrinspire has achieved in 10 years. During this time Sara partook in a number of Foundation for Social Improvement training days including Demonstrating Impact, Fundraising Strategy and Communications.

Having completed this project, Sara will be starting a new job campaigning on hunger at Save the Children in London. Sara says, ‘My time at Afrinspire has been invaluable. I have learnt new skills and learnt a huge amount about international development first hand, particularly from visiting partner projects in Uganda and also from being part of the Humanitarian Centre network.’

Rosie Zehtab

Photo of RosieRosie is a student at Oxford Brookes University who became involved with Afrinspire through the Student Hubs network and their ethical internship scheme. Student Hubs works across the UK to promote student involvement in social action. They are based within the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Imperial, Southampton and Warwick. For more information see here.

Rosie undertook a six-week summer placement with Afrinspire and was engaged in activities such as writing the Afrinspire newsletter, completing grant application forms and organising the Afrinspire website and social networking pages. Rosie says, "I was absolutley thrilled to be matched with Afrinspire as I have a keen interest in humanitarian development. Working for a smaller charity has enabled me to get a more comprehensive view of how a not-for-profit organisation works and the rewards are much more visible."


Beth Jones

BethBeth graduated from Cambridge University in 2012 after studying Natural Sciences (Pathology). She explains her reasons for joining the Afrinspire team: "I am particularly interested in global health and so was keen to work with Afrinspire to learn more about the field of International Development. I wanted to understand the background behind the Third World diseases I learnt about during my degree, to give me a better idea of how best to contribute to this field."

Beth worked with Afrinspire as Communications Intern from October 2012 until February 2013, managing our social media, sending out weekly bulletins to our supporters and helping to produce our print newsletter.

She says, "I have really enjoyed my role. I feel that I’ve gained a real insight into what life is like for communities in rural Africa, and the challenges to development that countries face. Plus I’ve been lucky to work with some inspiring people – there’s a real sense of community here at Afrinspire. I’ll be sorry to leave!"

Beth went on to a post as Publications Assistant for Medical Journals for the Public Library of Science, an open access publishing organisation, where she hopes to further her skills in global health communications.


Charlotte Marshall

Charlotte interned with Afrinspire as Fundraising and Communications Officer in April and May 2013. She graduated with a degree in History from the University of Manchester in 2011, before undertaking a Master’s in Development Studies at Cambridge. Her past experience included teaching English as a second language and working with both Cambridge Student Action for Refugees and the Cambridge office of SOS Children’s Villages. She was able to undertake her internship at Afrinspire thanks to the Vodafone World of Difference Programme.

While with Afrinspire, Charlotte was in charge of our online communications, media and fundraising initiatives. She managed our fundraising framework, represented us at the FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) Small Charities Conference, and put together many funding proposals for our projects in Africa. Of her time at Afrinspire, Charlotte says, "I am particularly pleased to have been able to contribute to the development of a set of fundraising proposals.  I am also very happy that I got hands on experience in the distribution of computers to Africa. Overall, my time at Afrinspire has fuelled my passion for international development further. I cannot wait to put all the skills learnt into practice in the future!"

Charlotte has gone on to the Leadership Development Graduate Programme at Teach First in London, and continues to be an active Afrinspire supporter.