We are delighted to have hosted 9 work experience participants across three weeks this summer. All three groups learnt about international development and the work of Tzedek, and each set out on an ambitious fundraising task with a time limit of only 48 hours!

On the 10th July we welcomed the first three participants to the office. They chose to run a social media fundraising campaign, which involved sharing an image of themselves on their first day of school and nominating others to do so and donate online, in order to raise money for the Tzedek ‘School for Life’ project. This project provides teachers with training and resources so that more children in Northern Ghana finish their education and improve their literacy and numeracy. The campaign was a huge success and raised over £700 for School for Life!

Our second week of work experience participants chose to complete a 9 mile walk from their homes in Borehamwood to our offices in Childs Hill. They did not use their phones and instead printed maps and followed road signs in order to reflect on how we take the luxury of technology for granted. The participants raised sponsorship to support the Aka Ma Muikiio Women’s group in Kenya who work alongside unemployed women, training them to build their own fishing businesses so that they can support their families financially. Their walk raised over £200 and proved to be a challenge, especially without phones.

We welcomed the last group of work experience participants on the 24th July. They chose to raise money for School for Life too, and based their fundraising campaign around education and culture. The participants were split into two groups of two and had 2.5 hours to visit as many educational and cultural sights in Central London as possible by foot. The task encouraged the participants to reflect on the number of educational sites and opportunities that seem so normal to us and through social media they spread awareness of this educational inequality. The groups were in fierce competition and raised another £250 for School for Life.

Jade, who was involved in this task during week 3 said, “Tzedek’s work experience programme enables you to not only learn about international development but also how to begin to put it into practice. The education sessions and discussions we had encouraged me to consider the complexities of development but also our fundraising work pushed me to think creatively and improve my teamwork skills.”

We loved having the participants in the office and we hope that they have gained a deeper understanding of international development and our work, as well as gained valuable skills in teamwork, communication and presentation.

We will be hosting work experience participants next year so keep your eyes open for dates and the sign up form!