The Graduates Development Program of 2017 went to Swaziland to help local businesses develop. Our projects consisted of helping entrepreneurs with their bookkeeping, helping a social enterprise with its product development to set up a microfinance project at our partnering NGO. The team raised over €20K of funds through participating in a sponsorrun, organizing our very own KamiSwazi party and of last but not least, the auction. In Swaziland we developed our very own ‘Swazi Shake’, attended a local cooking competition and organized a sports tournament for the local kids. We had great fun working with the entrepreneurs, managers and NGO, and at the same time learned a lot from the business climate in a developing country. Looking back, the Graduates Development Program taught me a great deal. Both from working in such a motivated team, and working with the businesses. I am proud to see how much we could accomplish in just half a year of research and three weeks on location.
Partner organization - All out Africa It is a group of companies based in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Botswana. It includes a non-profit foundation, social enterprise, and responsible travel business. The non-profit foundation arm implements important social and conservation projects and runs two research centres. The social enterprise arm offers volunteer, student and internship experiences which do social and environmental good. The responsible travel business arm offers responsible cultural, wildlife and adventure tours and also runs two award-winning lodges. Their goal is to share their passion for southern Africa’s people, places and wildlife with the world and offer experiences that change lives.