By: Maria Aguila
The Volunteer Internship Program is an excellent opportunity that helps one grow as a professional and as a human being; contributing to transform another life and helping a child achieve their maximum potential is what this program is all about. The beauty in this program comes within the bright smiles on each child’s face as they realize how much they’re learning and begin to dream, thanks to you. Not only does VIP achieve its goal of empowering interns by providing them with life skills that they will carry out in the near future, but it is a program that shows interns that the world is in their hands.
My personal experience with the Volunteer Internship Program has been incredible. It has been enlightening to see how much change just one person can make in another person’s life, and it is amazing to see how much change a group of people can make in the world together. From weekly tutoring, to monthly workshops, to our annual Gala, below are the experiences of other interns:
"Working for Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. as a PR intern has been an incredible experience. I have learned how to be a good communicator, how to meet deadlines, stay organized and cooperate with my team to produce the best results for our organization. I now know how to use so many programs that I will use in my future career. This internship has both solidified my desire to work in this field and been a stepping stone to move me forward as a public relations professional. I am a more responsible, dedicated and hardworking person because of my experience with CBOB. Anyone who wants to grow as a professional and make a difference should consider applying for the VIP program!" -Micayla Kinder, Public Relations & Social Media.
"Working at Children Beyond Our Borders as a Community Outreach intern has allowed me to dive deeper into what I'm extremely passionate about, which is empowering children through education. Learning from experts, and knowing I always have a support system and resources available when needed is more than I could ask for. This position has given me an environment to blossom and gain many new skills. What impacts me the most is seeing the creation of an event come to life and lighting up the faces of all the children. It's a pleasure working with CBOB. "- Estrella Alvarado, Community Outreach.
"Being a part of VIP has been amazing so far. It has shown me how to give back and give children something that every child should have. I have learned how to manage my time better by making time for all the meetings and events. When a person says they don’t have time for something, what they mean is I am not making time for it. I can’t wait to proceed with my position as an intern at CBOB and fulfill CBOB’s mission!" -Tiffany Wut, Liaison
"I've had so much fun working with CBOB and have learned so much about PR! This internship has been amazing and seeing the difference we are making in the children's lives is so moving. I highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in PR or nonprofit work!" - Christina Mouttet, Public Relations & Social Media
"I’ve loved being a part of VIP. Interacting with the kids we serve and the community on behalf of CBOB has helped me grow as a human - both personally and professionally. On top of all that, the people I’ve met through CBOB have the warmest hearts and it’s such a joy to work with them!" - Anna Baringer, Community Outreach
There you have it. The world is ours, and thanks to CBOB, myself and others were given the amazing opportunity to empower those in it. Never forget, empowerment = education. Go VIP!