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(Aug 01, 2017)

NGO - Guinea Bissau Africa | Mayor Overseas Office Bissau | Bissau City



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Looking to change the world while exploring a new culture in a dynamic, vibrant Bissau city? The NGO are a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for real-world experience in the competitive non-profit sector while living in Africa’s culturally rich continent.

Boasting some 2 million people, Bissau City is an international city with an established non-profit sector. Launching a career with an NG0 gives interns that vital hands-on multicultural experience that opens up professional doors in the future. Previous NGO interns with the Intern Group have worked in human rights and immigration at NGOs like many's. This jump start in the world of non-profits offers interns the chance to develop their skill-sets, test out non-profit work and establish contacts at NGO’s in a leading Bissau city.

Bissau City is an important piece to an NGO, bringing a fresh perspective and new energy to the organization. Not only will NGO interns play an important role at their organization, interns will be exposed to a unique point of view on CEDEAO and African Union politics and culture through their relationships with colleagues. These connections and conversations with established NGO professionals in Africa are what make the experience truly unique and unforgettable. The insight from working within the non-profit sector in a new culture will be translatable to any future endeavor, whether in the non-profit sector or not.

Bissau City is a diverse cultural background for an international internship in the non-profit sector. Boasting a mix of history and modernity, Bissau City offers unique cultural experiences for potential interns. The city is easy to navigate, thanks to a thorough and reliable public transport system. Buses and flights to cities all nearby are inexpensive and easy to access.

Being based in Bissau allows NGO interns have the opportunity to experience new cities every weekend, if they desire. A day trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site is included in The Intern Group NGO internship program, where interns can visit the iconic stone fortification and others.

There are also a multitude of fun activities to do without ever leaving the city. Former interns have enjoyed picnicking in Bissau’s farm Park, which houses monuments, sculptures and a beautiful, peaceful River. There are also plenty of breathtaking historic ancient buildings, statues and museums to visit, all within B’s historic Bissau center.

A café or stroll in the popular main site won’t disappoint, where interns can check out the area’s traditional shops. Other iconic, historically significant landmarks include several site.

Expect a slightly different schedule during an NGO internship in Bissau City. The workday rarely starts before 9 a.m. and often coworkers take several hours for a long lunch or siesta. The workday wraps up around 7 or 8 at night, when the city takes on a completely different light. In the evening, locals or “Pachanga site” will often gather for tapas, or small plates, of local favorites like patatas bravas, pincho de tortilla and gallinejas, fishes, grilled chicken, etc... This food is usually accompanied with regional wine or beer.

As far as entertainment, the native Samba shows are arguably the most popular among the city’s visitors. At restaurants known as "CA Pepe", one can enjoy a typical Samba dance show while enjoying a traditional Guinea Bissau meal. However, in Bissau City, you can find almost any type of late-night entertainment, be it live music, pubs, dance music, theatre, etc. Fans of dance clubs should keep in mind that many open after midnight and keep their doors open until dawn, sometimes later. A “siesta” beforehand might be necessary.

While gaining real-world professional experience, another perk of an internship based in Bissau City is the opportunity to see some of the world’s finest African art. The internationally famous mural  painter Mamadou Djibril draws in visitors from around the world to the local African Craft Market. Meanwhile, thousands of international visitors flock to the local Bissau City museum.

The internship abroad experience is a solid way to learn or improve foreign language skills. Speaking and understanding Creole is not a requirement for The Intern Group NGO, though it is useful. The Bissau City program offers optional Portuguese and Creole language classes at every level at the acclaimed Don Columbus school. Though the city is international, many locals speak poco English so interns will have no trouble putting class lessons into practice.

The world of non-profit work has become increasingly competitive in recent years. NGO’s are looking for experienced workers to hire, making a non-profit internship an important step to landing a first job in the sector. NGO internships in Bissau City, also broaden a budding professional’s concept of the sector and expose interns to cultural diversity within their field. Moreover, after having lived and worked abroad, interns will be more apt to adapt to new cities, cultures and workplaces in the future.

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