I have always had this burning desire to carry to carry out internship with a Non-Governmental organization but have never had the opportunity. Early this year, I stumbled on the brochures of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) and after going through, I felt in love with its activities and decided to apply for internship.Fortunately for me, my application was approved. I exclaimed : “Ohhh!!!! At last I was going to study with a Non-Governmental Organization!”
My primary objective was to study the Integrated Management of Natural Resources around Mount Cameroon area by ERuDeF between July and August 2015.
The first days of the internship was used to prepare a Term of Reference (ToR) for me. This was a kind of new concept to me! Adapting to the work environment these first day was another great challenge. Everyone around was as busy as soldier ants carrying food ten thousand times their weight. Also, I had to stay at work from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily. This was really strange to me but I think it was just the best way of molding me for the job market.
As days pass by, it became so interesting. I began learning so much about the organization (ERuDeF) and the Institute (ERuDeF Institute)’s programmes/ activities and a lot more. I also got to meet a new friend, Williams Mbunya from the University of Buea who was also on internship.
The most interesting part of this internship was working at the central nursery of the organization at the Southwest Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife in Buea. It was so much fun as we were all dressed in farm wears with my technical coordinator, Madame Adeline, filling polythene bags of several sizes with soils, potting wildings\seedlings gotten from the forest.
I was also enriched through workshops and seminars like; Fundraising for Future Leaders, Workshop for the Production of Management Plan for the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Stakeholders Meeting for the Protection of the Proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary. I felt so happy taking part in planning and preparatory activities for most of these workshops. I was indeed filled with knowledge.
Despite the fact that I got infected with poor health, my objectives were realized and I am going back obsessed with knowledge/insights about ERuDeF. Indeed my internship was a SUCCESS. J’aimeERuDeF….
Nchindo Claris Bi
Intern from College of Technology
, The University of Bamenda