Read what some our volunteers have said about their experience at Children of the Mekong.
Working behind the scene for an international NGO active in sustainable development and protection of children in developing countries, such as Children of the Mekong, has been a unique chance for me. The role of project manager has represented a great opportunity and thrilling challenge for my job career. All the expectations and goals I set when I arrived in London have been satisfied. I will always be glad to the fantastic team for having supported and trusted me.
I’ve been working for Children of the Mekong for 5 months as an intern for my degree in Paris. This internship has taught me a lot. I worked with a wonderful team which made this stay even better. I was able to improve my English and the skills I learned during my first 3 years of school, both in the shop and in the office. London is a beautiful city where it’s very pleasant to live and work. I’ll come back.
I am a French business student, I decided to make my internship in London at Children of the Mekong. I have chosen this charity because I knew the missions were going to be meaningful and have a real impact on the children the charity is supporting. I started my internship at the beginning of the COVID 19 crisis. This crisis didn’t stop all the activities of the charity, so I had still many interesting missions and work to do from home.
I have spent 5 months in Children of the Mekong as London Scholarship Coordinator and it has been an incredible experience. Being a pharmacy student in France, I didn’t have any knowledge about the functioning of a small charity before coming and I have learned a lot. Eugenie has been a fantastic tutor, helping me to progress and to become more independent in the tasks that I was assigned. Meeting the 2 outstanding students from Cambodia for whom my work was mostly destined and building a relationship with them has been one of the rewarding parts of my job there. I would recommend this internship for anyone motivated by working for a good cause and making a difference. Thanks, Children of the Mekong for having me and trusting me, I will never forget.
I am Japanese and I was very interested to work in an NGO, especially the one supporting children. I had many different tasks in this internship it made it so interesting. I had also the opportunity to develop my skills. This internship has also provided me with a lot of opportunities to experience all the aspect of the behind the scenes of support child education.
I have chosen to do an internship in Children of the Mekong because I really wanted to have an experience in a charity. I have chosen especially Children of the Mekong because they work in Vietnam, one destination that I am passionate about. I had a lot of different missions, I was mainly working on social media, an area I am studying in my degree in Italy. It was a great experience that helped grow up on different levels.
“I have worked at Children of the Mekong for five months, and I can confirm that it has been the best professional experience of my life. I had the chance to work every day with a wonderful team, with who it was very easy to work and who always put you in a good mood. Thanks to them, it was a real pleasure to go to work every morning. During my internship at Children of the Mekong, I also had the opportunity to learn a lot and grow all my skills. I know I will always remember these five months in London, as magical as I could ever imagine.”
A year after, we heard this great news from Ines: “Recently I passed an English test named TOEIC and I got 985 points over 990! I can only thank you for that because I learned a lot during my stay in London, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Children of the Mekong!”
One year ago I had the opportunity to do an internship at COTM as a project manager. Through this internship, I’ve been giving myself a few different goals to achieve regarding my abilities. Being independent and managing the projects and the charity shop with my colleagues has been very good learning by doing experience, still supervised by my internship master and highly motivated by our cause and the feeling of meaningful work.
Children of the Mekong is a fantastic charity and I have loved my time here. As an intern in Trusts and Foundations, I have gained skills applying for grants and managing the Excel databases, as well as learning about the behind-the-scenes of a small charity. Kiran is a wonderful manager who has given me great training and opportunities for learning and developing. The team are really welcoming and there is always something interesting happening in the office and charity shop. I would recommend this internship to anyone passionate about making a difference. It is truly fulfilling that the money I have helped raise is going to a great cause and I am thankful for this experience.