Hi, I’m Renee from the Netherlands.

I’m a 20-year old student at Zuyd University of Applied sciences and currently studying People and Business Management. I am doing my specialism in Human Resource Management because of my interests in things like recruiting, supporting people during their career and the development of employees.

Last week I started my internship at the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town. I’m so excited for doing my internship in this amazing NGO for the next 5 months. I have specifically chosen an NGO in South-Africa because of the high level of unemployment here and I really want to make a difference to the people who need assistance in applying for a job. I hold the opinion that all humans are equal and because of that I have an interest in interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures during my internship.

I have been in Cape Town for a week now and I have already fallen in love with this amazing city, its multicultural spirit and its wonderful views.

I’m so thankful The Scalabrini Centre offered me the opportunity to do my internship in such a beautiful place. I think my experience will be a valuable asset to my future career.



Hi guys!!

There is a new intern at the Employment Access Program! My name is Manon and I’m 23 years old. I come from Maastricht in The Netherlands. Currently I am a third-year student at the Zuyd University in Sittard where I’m studying People and Business Management. This education focuses on the fields of management, law, economics and Human Resources. From September 2014 I’m specializing in Human Resource Management.

I was ready for a new adventure and where could I do this better than in Cape Town? I really wanted to do my internship at an NGO so that I could add value to an organisation that helps people.

An additional aspect of course for taking an internship in South Africa is the opportunity to explore the beautiful nature in this country. I hope that I can build my work experience in a different culture and different environment. I am really excited to be doing my internship at the Scalabrini!!

If you have any questions do not be afraid to ask!





Hello everybody! My name is Christer, and I am currently Volunteering with the Advocacy Desk at Scalabrini.

I was born in Kagera and raised in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Law. I worked with Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC-Tanzania) where I led a community campaign on poverty alleviation. I also worked with the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau. I investigated and prosecuted corruption cases, together with getting involved in establishing and monitoring anti-corruption clubs in schools and creating awareness on the causes and effects of corruption in the community.

I arrived in Cape Town in 2013 with the aim of joining my spouse and doing my further studies. I become aware of the refugee problems from the society surrounding me which most of the people are forced migrants. This led me to volunteer for Scalabrini Centre.

I’m really thankful for the opportunity and I’m enjoying to work at the Scalabrini Centre and it is my great expectations that I’ll experience the reality of forced migration in a broad context of laws.



Greetings! My name is Camille Anais Marie Serelus and I am the new English School intern. I work at the office and teach beginners English two days a week!

I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts in the United States and there, I study International Affairs and Human Services at Northeastern University. After my undergraduate studies are completed, I plan on getting my Masters in Social Work and becoming a counsellor.

In my free time, I enjoy writing, listening to music, going to concerts and dancing the Kompa, Zouk, Bachata and more. I am very blessed to be in a country with such rich history, great food and awesome music and I can’t wait to see what the rest of my stay in Cape Town has in store for me!


TizianaCiao, I’m Tiziana from Italy!

I have just embarked on this new adventure at the Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town but I already feel the magic of its city, people, and culture. It all started accidentally by word of mouth one night in the Far East, Japan to be precise: former interns always describe the Scalabrini one as the experience of a lifetime. For years I hoped one day I would have the chance to do “something good” in my life, and finally now I am given this opportunity to offer my time and the few skills I have to the Scalabrini community.

When not busy day-dreaming, I am a 23-year-old student of a Master Degree in World Politics and International Relations at the University of Pavia, with a Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages and a collection of specialisations in different fields, among which diplomacy, international cooperation and development, and migration. It was a short experience in India two years ago that moved me closer to the world of NGOs and vulnerable people. In the few idle moments I have I enjoy travelling and playing football.

I firmly believe my experience as an all-rounder at the Centre will be valuable not only for my future career in a highly competitive field such as that of international affairs, but also to enrich my life, mostly by teaching me how to appreciate things I have always taken for granted.



Hello everybody! My name is Sascha, and I am currently interning with the Employment Help Desk Program at Scalabrini.

I am 24-years old and I am from Wernigerode, Germany. Currently I am in my fifth year of studying Political Science at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg.

After finishing my Bachelor’s Degree I want to specialize in Peace and Conflict studies and therefore I truly believe gaining insight to Human Rights and the general work of a NGO like the Scalabrini Centre will be a valuable and evocating experience.

I arrived in Cape Town in November last year and from the first second here I fell in love with this amazing city with her charm, multicultural spirit and her open-hearted people.

I am really thankful, that the Scalabrini Centre allows me to work in such a unique environment and atmosphere and it is amazing being a part of such a team.



Hi everyone! My name is Elisa and I’m the new all-arounder intern at the Scalabrini Centre.

I was born and raised in Bologna, Italy, where I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law with a final dissertation about the refugee status in the multilevel system for the protection of fundamental rights. My studies not only increased my awareness and interest in human rights, but also led me to volunteer for the Italian system for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers. I arrived in Cape Town four months ago with the aim of improving my English and I immediately fell in love with this amazing city and its multicultural spirit.

I’m really thankful for the opportunity to work at the Scalabrini Centre because I’ll experience the reality of forced migration in a completely different geographic context. As all-arounder I’ll take on different tasks which will give me the chance to learn from the inside how a NGO runs different programmes.