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CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Abigail Kemp

Abigail Kemp

Name: Abigail Kemp

University from which you've graduated:
I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in History and Politics, followed by a Masters in International Relations from the University of Exeter.

Which societies/sports clubs were you a member of:
Being an active person and a keen dancer, I became a member of the Cheerleading Dance Society, the Cheerleading Competition Squad, and the Tap Dancing Society at UEA. At Exeter, I joined the Dance Society, and was also a member of the Performance Squad. I also held the elected position of Social Secretary of the Cheerleading Dance Society for one year at UEA.

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Host institution:
University of Bristol

Why did you apply to the graduate trainee scheme?
While working as an intern for a disaster relief charity, although as part of the operations team, I regularly interacted with the fundraising sector of the charity. During this time, I was put in charge of a project which required me not only to manage a budget, but also to encourage the participants to fundraise on an individual basis. This gave me an understanding of the crucial role fundraising and a development team play in ensuring not-for-profits achieve and exceed their goals.
The importance of their role within the organisation, coupled with a love of working with people, motivated me to apply to work in the development sector.
I chose to apply to CASE due to the nature of the trainee scheme, which offers a high level of support alongside opportunities to take responsibility and be challenged.

What are you hoping to achieve from your year on the scheme?
Being new to the sector, I am looking to get an in-depth understanding of the field, and to develop my skills by making the most of all the support and training that both CASE and the University of Bristol have to offer. Ultimately, I intend to become a functional and effective member of the team at Bristol.

What are you career ambitions?
After leaving university, I pursued my passion to work in the humanitarian sector by interning for a disaster relief charity. Through this internship I was able to travel to Uganda to work in a refugee settlement for a month. This experience has motivated me to work for a humanitarian organisation; preferably one focusing on helping people in dire need, be it from natural disaster or political circumstances.

What are you hobbies/activities outside of study/work?
I love dancing, having taken lessons since the age of three. I also really enjoy travelling, and have volunteered in Cambodia and Uganda. On a more day to day basis, I like to socialise with friends and hit the gym.

Proudest moment?
My proudest moment is the project I undertook in Uganda to build seven brick kitchens in schools at a refugee settlement. Starting in January 2017 when I travelled to Uganda on a ‘recce', I was in charge of coordinating a month-long mission to the refugee settlement. This involved a significant amount of organisation with a variety of tasks including collaborating with a partner organisation, managing the budget, and arranging training for all those deploying. Fortunately, I was able to travel to Uganda as part of the team, where I helped to build the kitchens and could see the direct impact our work was having on the local refugee community. We achieved all we set out to do, building kitchens in six schools, some of which had around 5,000 children in attendance! All the kitchens have now been signed off by a local engineer and are currently in use, providing a much more efficient method of cooking than an open fire.

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