by Content Creation Lab youth interns Younes (Algeria) & Heidi (United States)
As well as improving our leadership skills and teamwork abilities, we learned more about other cultures and have created a great connection that will stay forever.
During this internship, we were two of 20 interns from 6 different countries who worked on developing the online curriculums of the CCL and making them much easier and more accessible to everyone. All interns participated in leadership development sessions where we built our presence and voice as leaders of cross-regional exchange, strengthened our emotional intelligence, deepened our understanding of access and inclusion in instructional design, and explored career options and preferences.
We were on the same team where we interacted with each other during the internship period in weekly meetings and asynchronous work where we improved our problem-solving skills, critical thinking and a better view of what the world needs from youths.
A permanent part of the weekly meetings was the ice-breakers part. They were the ones that made us know more about each other’s cultures and how each of us is living (our lifestyles, ways of studying, favorite colors and objects…).
In this summer internship, interns were challenged to design the curriculums that solve real-world problems. (We) both chose to work on this because (we) know that developing these courses is a lifetime investment. (We) know that giving time to improve the quality of these curricula is valuable because (it) will help hundreds and even thousands of youths all around the world. (We) believe that this was the right thing to make a real change in the world.
This journey has been a very intensive experience that has helped us to get to know ourselves and our team better. The weekly meetings were a great mix of thematic inputs, exchange with the other participants and work on ourselves as leaders and as humans in general. This program gave us the tools and the materials to explore questions and find solutions within teams of different people. It made us self-confident that we can make an effective and a real change in the future. The GNG staff succeeded in bringing a very diverse set of people together and created an open and trusting environment for us to learn from each other’s experience and questions. What’s more, we could create lifetime connections with people who soon became so familiar to us. This internship was by no means the final stop: the journey now continues with us. The program helped us to begin and it gave us the right skills to finish the road.
Global Nomads Group’s Content Creation Lab 2022 Cohort actively created four new Student to Word courses focusing on the important theme of Careers for a Just & Sustainable World: Architecture, Film & Media, Finance, and Medicine & Scientific Research.