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Volunteer stories: Isabella's story

Isabella Coin – Administrative Assistant

I applied to be an Administrative Assistant because I wanted to gain some experience working in the charity sector, specifically in the international development field. I studied French and Geography as my Bachelor’s degree, so SEED Madagascar seemed the perfect option: they work in Madagascar (an ex-French colony) and many of their projects relate to the linkages between communities and the environment – exactly what I had been studying!

Working here has benefitted me in many ways. First of all, I developed some great skills, especially in the fields of communications, media, marketing and the organisation of volunteer programmes. But it has also been an exciting experience because of the wide array of information I was exposed to. Being a small office, every day volunteers might learn something new! I have carried out all sorts of work: from answering prospective volunteers’ enquiries to writing prize applications to recently helping interview a future office volunteer.

Volunteering at SEED Madagascar has been an inspiring experience: it is thanks to the many things I have learnt here that I am now enrolled in a Masters in Environment and Development at LSE. Also, the professional experience I gained allowed me to go on to become a Refugee Advisor at the British Red Cross.

I will be sure to keep up to date with SEED Madagascar’s work; it really is a unique organisation!