Natasha Kenber

Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about how you came to hear about Studenteer?

My name is Natasha and I am 24. I have just finished my Graduate Diploma in Law (a law conversion) in London and will be embarking on the Legal Practical Course in September.

I first heard about Studenteer/Furlonteer on an episode of the podcast The High Low.

What made you want to want to sign up as a Studenteer?

Having finished my exams in June, I am fortunate to be in a position that means I have a lot of spare time which I can dedicate to a project. I have previously worked in the charity sector, so thought that I would have relevant skills and knew it would eb something I would enjoy. Studenteer offered a brilliant opportunity to use my skills for a good purpose and to learn more about different charities.

Could you tell us a little about the project you’ve been matched with and your role in helping them?

I have been matched with UN Women (which is really exciting) to help shape, organise, promote and deliver a series of live-stream events for their Safe Spaces campaign. My role, along with the furlonteer I have been partnered with, is to support the fundraising team with administrative tasks, brief speakers, liaise with brands and come up with ideas.

What new skills has this experience given you?

I have only just started on the project, but I can already see that this experience will develop my creativity. I have been asked to come up with proposals for challenges, campaigns and speakers. Going forward I hope that I will be able to see my ideas develop into actions which can be carried through into the live stream events. This will develop my planning and strategy skills. 

What impact do you feel it’s had on your experience of being a student or graduate during COVID-19, and are you likely to continue volunteering after it ends?

I think it has had a great impact, as it has given purpose and structure to months that would otherwise have really dragged.

I definitely want to continue volunteering but may have to cut down hours as my next course is full-time.

Could you give any advice or tips to other people considering signing up to Studenteer?

I would advise to make sure you have clear how much time you can commit to ensure you are placed on the best program for you and the charity. I would also encourage someone signing up to have a think about what it is they want to get out of the experience.

Would you recommend Studenteer to a friend who is a Student or Graduate?

I would encourage anyone who is interest to sign up and have already recommended Studenteer to my friends. My experience is that it has been as flexible as you need it to be and gives you the autonomy (within reason) to decide how you want to work.

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