Vincenza's great sampad experience!
Friday 13th July 2012 — posted by simi
29th April -13 July 2012. These three months may not seem unusual but for me it has been the most important time in my life.
If I had to find a word to describe sampad’s team, I would definitely say ‘opportunity’. I chose this word because they really gave me a chance to work with them, to learn about their roles and to be a real member of the team.
Before knowing what my work placement would be, I had a passion for studying the history and the customs of different cultures, especially South Asians. For this reason when I knew that I would be working for sampad, I was really happy.
My first day was great because I met each member of staff and they were really kind to me. They explained their job to me and how sampad works.
During my internship at sampad, I worked with Rabiyah, the Education Coordinator, on project called iproducer. This project involved young people making short films with the supervision of the producers and mentors.
I also worked with Simi, the Marketing & PR Officer on various marketing tasks. I learned a lot about putting events together, promoting arts activities, and launching events and performances.
When launching an event it feels exciting and at the same time a bit scary! However, I think that is the right mixture of emotions you need to do your best. The adrenalin gives you a particular buzz which allows you to do the job, but also enjoy the moment.
I worked on a really interesting dance project called ‘Moving Earth’, which was celebrating and counting down to London 2012 by encouraging people across the region to get dancing. I was privileged to see more than 200 dancers dancing together. I attended the rehearsals before the performances for the Queen’s Jubilee in Chamberlain Square and for the Olympic Torch Relay in Cannon Hill Park.
I also attended Mid-day Mantra, a free monthly Asian chill-out event at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
I discovered lots of interesting things about Indian music, dance and culture. I also had the opportunity to wear a wonderful Asian outfit and I felt like an Asian lady! It was amazing and unique experience that I will always remember.
For the amazing experience at sampad and the last three months in the UK, I would like to thank all the team at sampad from the bottom of my heart: Anne, Buzby, Clayton, Jan, Katy, Kavita, Piali, Rabiyah, Simi and Urmala.
S = strong