Five minutes with… Hand in Hand volunteer Geraldine

31 Mar 2022

Hand in Hand’s volunteers help us to support women living in some of the world’s toughest places. Here, we catch up with Geraldine Uribe, Hand in Hand’s Volunteer Programme Intern. Geraldine is a fourth year university student from Stamford, Connecticut. She’s double majoring in political science and urban community studies at the University of Connecticut and has spent the last two months volunteering with Hand in Hand international. 

Q: Good morning Geraldine! What are you working on today? 
A: I’m currently working for the programmes team — helping with concept notes and looking over project reports. My main project however, is to help map out the supply chain of the saffron market for a project that supports and  empowers women to grow organic saffron in Afghanistan.

Q: What first interested you in volunteering?
A: I’ve been interested in activism and politics since I was 15, especially in women’s rights and empowerment. This  initially drew me to the mission of Hand in Hand.

Q: What’s the best thing about volunteering here? 
A: The people. Everyone is very sweet, welcoming, and understanding. There is a strong sense of teamwork even if someone is working on a different project than you.

Q: What skills have you acquired through volunteering?
A: I have built a great deal upon my communication skills and exercised the strength of asking for help and remaining curious.

Q: How does this role fit in with your long-term career goals?
A: This internship has given me a wonderful illustration of the non-profit sector; it fits with my overall goal of creating change for the better as an integral part of my career.

Q: What advice would you give someone who wants to work for a charity?
A: You must have passion. This helps make the job more meaningful and offers a greater personal connection if your mission and the organisation’s align.

Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or a change in career, volunteering at Hand in Hand is a great way to find out if the International Development sector is right for you. Find out more here.