Five minutes with an Oxfam Cymru intern

Posted by Luned Jones Media and Communications Officer, Wales

29th Mar 2012

I'm sure you've often asked yourself "What's life like at Oxfam?" Well, imagine no more, as we spend five minutes with Geraldine Nichols, one of our fabulous interns here at the Oxfam Cymru office:

What do you do here at Oxfam Cymru?
I'm the current Group Communications Intern, and I've been working on finding new online methods of communication between the activists, volunteers, supporters and staff of Oxfam Cymru. I've been researching new formats for the OC newsletter, and have been looking into ways people can be more interactive with OC.

Who or what inspires you?
I'm inspired by many people and things - my parents, my friends, a great piece of art or music, and by those who do far more than I do to improve people's lives.

If you had three wishes what would you ask for?
World peace, an end to poverty and suffering, and to work with children.

What made you choose to work with Oxfam Cymru?
Having the opportunity to work for an internationally renowned charity, whose aims I support, and be able in a small way to contribute to their work, was a chance too good to miss. The fact that Oxfam Cymru offer a structured intern programme, rather than expecting interns to cover somebody's paid job; the chance for training and learning; and that you will be at the heart of the national office, were all instrumental in my choice.

If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go?
Serious: to any time when my parents and I were spending some time together, enjoying each other's company. Frivolous: to some kind of fabulous party in the 1920s.

What Oxfam event are you most looking forward to in 2012?
Right now I'm looking forward to events around International Women's Day, especially Oxfam Cardiff's Swishing event, and fashion show at the Oxfam Boutique; also the festival season (I stewarded for Oxfam last year); and Oxjam in the autumn. I'd like to see how the next stage of the GROW campaign develops in its international context.

Where is your favourite place in Wales?
I've got to say Cardiff! I've lived here for 15 years now, and love it. I'm a city girl, so even though I like to visit the spectacular coastline and dramatic countryside, I wouldn't want to live there!

What's been your favourite moment working with Oxfam?
There have been many - it's a great environment to work in, with lots of great people. I really enjoyed going to Parliament to lobby my MP at the Tea Time for Change event in 2011, I loved festival stewarding, and I guess the best moment had to be when I actually pressed 'publish' on the online newsletter I'd been working on - 'This is your moment of glory' Mailchimp told me just beforehand...

If you knew it was your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
With my dearest friends, sharing the love (metaphorically of course...), and making sure someone would feed my cat.

If there was one piece of advice you could give the world what would it be?
Do as you would be done by.

Blog post written by Luned Jones

Media and Communications Officer, Wales

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