The story of an international UN Volunteer in Zimbabwe

20 October 2015

When Amy Wickham, an international United Nations Volunteer, signed up to work with UNICEF in Zimbabwe, she didn't know what to expect. Yet this experience changed her life. "The experience and exposure that I've got since I started as a volunteer has been phenomenal", she says. "The ownership that I've been given over the projects, as well as the time and responsibility that I've been given from professionals that I've worked with has been fantastic."

As a climate change officer, Amy tried to lead a green movement and raise awareness about environmental issues. She started an initiative called Green Fridays and encouraged the people she worked with to bring their recycled waste to the office every Friday. She also introduced renewable energy concepts and a footprint assessment. "Had I know experienced all of that, I wouldn't be in the position I am now," Amy says.

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