This blog post is part of a series of personal articles written by participants of our scholarship programme NGOJobs for Europe. If you are going abroad to start a new job or internship you can apply for funding.
First entry December 2020
My first month at the UNCAC Coalition has been a whirlwhind.
Moving to Vienna, joining a new team and starting an exciting job have made for a very eventful November. My first impressions of the city have been limited by the Austrian lockdown, but I’ll remember my first few weeks here as a unique settling-in experience: having seen sun, snow, the last of autumn and winter approaching.
As soon as I joined the team, we embarked on the challenging process of updating the Coalition’s strategy, vision and mission for the next few years. I didn’t expect to be involved in this project as a newcomer, but I learned so much over a few intense days of teamwork. Our work is varied, and so far I’ve learned about running a website, developing new skills with digital tools such as WordPress, Mailchimp and building social media strategies.
One highlight was virtually ‘attending’ the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in South Korea, which brings together speakers from all over the world and highlights important topics in the field of combating corruption.
More recently, the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) has given me the opportunity to start a German language course online, which I’m very enthusiastic about to help me get through the supermarket aisles and daily life! I can’t wait to see what the next few months hold. Despite these times being unprecedented, the benefits of participating in such a program still definitely outweigh the uncertainty of ever-changing circumstances.
Don’t hesitate, just sign up and see where the adventure takes you!
Denyse, traineeship UNCAC Coalition