Bridges Project values the energy, expertise and new ideas which volunteers, interns and placement students bring to our work with young people. It’s particularly interesting for young people when new faces also bring experience of living and working in different countries and cultures. Over the years we have welcomed great people from Germany, Norway, USA, Sicily, Australia, France and Spain. It feels as if our garden has been visited by dragonflies! They arrive, bringing extra colour and vibrancy to the place and then leave after a short while. Each one of our overseas visitors has made an impression…left a footprint. We are all the better for this.
This spring has been particularly interesting for staff and young people at Bridges Project. We were really happy to welcome Sabine, a school social worker from the Danish speaking city of Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein in the north of Germany on a short professional internship.
We have just said goodbye to Sam, a Napier University Career Development placement student whose family roots are firmly embedded in the Yarouba Tribe of Western Nigeria and who worked in cosmopolitan London for a long time before heading north.
Pablo is our newest international team member. He is from Galicia in the north of Spain and after working in IT for a number of years in Spain and Edinburgh is now seeking a career change. Pablo is placed with Bridges Project through our partnership with Project Scotland.
In for the longer haul is Jacqueline, our Welsh student from Strathclyde University who is on placement with us as part of her counselling training course.
We are enriched by their contributions and the sharing of cultural backgrounds. We hope they take something away with them which is of equal value. They are all, of course, expected to contribute to the growing culinary cornucopia of our young cooking group participants. And to wear ‘the hats’! to find out more about volunteering, placement and internship opportunities, please click here.