My name is Chiara, I am 24 years old and I come from Italy. Since I have always been passionate about the issue of migrant protection, asylum seekers and refugee assistance, I was very excited about my internship at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town. At the very beginning I was a bit scared about the new experience, but the friendly environment has made me feel welcome since the first day, and together with the constant feeling that we are doing something really useful to improve the lives of the refugees we assist, is very rewarding to me.
(Chiara will be working closely with Lena and the welfare department until March 2010. Currently she is involved in a number of different projects at the Scalabrini Centre.)