When Global Peace Foundation set its vision as “One Family Under God”, it was a true testament to the kind of organisation it was. As an intern, I was able to witness this family spirit first hand in the organisation’s day to day interactions. It doesn’t matter what background you come from, religion, colour, or political affiliation; everyone is treated like part of the team. We get to brainstorm ideas together and share our experiences, both personal and professional ones during the weekly meetings. It is that spirit of togetherness that makes everyone feel at home.
One of the very fond memories I have of this experience is representing Global Peace at public events. Not only were those events a first hand experience in the corporate world, they were also very personal in their own way to me. Speaking on behalf of Global Peace to other companies and getting to explain the kind of charity work we do everyday was certainly a highlight of my internship. Did I not only have to garner the confidence to speak to industry professionals on spot, but I also had to upscale my social talents. By the end of those events, I discovered aspects about myself that I never knew existed before. I was never gonna be able to accomplish that if I did not feel the support of everyone around me. I knew that even if words failed me, my seniors at Global Peace would back me up at anytime. Therefore, I never felt any pressure on me, and was free to make mistakes and learn on the job.
It is sad that my time in Global Peace has ended; however, unlike other organisations, Global Peace has a unique trait of keeping its old staff and interns close by. One can always come back as a volunteer or even make a casual visit and catch up with everyone at the office. The people in office are always welcoming, and love good company.
Finally, I am grateful to everyone for their kind support, and I am excited to enter the next chapter of my life, using all the knowledge and experience I have gained from Global Peace.
Written by Iman Ashraf