Tell me a bit about yourself?
My name is Nicolle, the first born in a family of six. I am the female gap year intern for Makomborero Zimbabwe.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
My working schedule is split into two. It’s also worth noting that I work in close conjunction with Tanatswa, the male gap year intern. Every fortnight means one week is spent at the office and the other is spent at the resource centre. We do alternate shifts. For an ‘office’ week, work starts at 06.00hrs where I help the students to prepare for school by making sure they’ve done what needs to be done on time. Checking emails and being the go-between between our cooperates and staff is also a daily part of my job. The office is a hub of various miscellaneous tasks, ranging from sorting donations to picking up calls from contractors. Maintaining order in the library and pantry are just but the few tasks we do when at the resource centre.
What does it feel like to be part of the Makomborero team?
It’s truly amazing. The interactions I’ve had with both stuff and students have taught me lessons that have largely contributed to my personal growth. I particularly like how this role has often prompted me to come out of my shell and to learn the skill of vulnerability.
What would you say are the highlights of your job so far?
The trips to the girl child programs are on top of my list. I love the chats we have with the girls and it’s always a joy to be on the giving end.
What are your hopes for the future of Makomborero?
My hope is that the already existing unity between the team at the resource centre and the team at the office continues to soar higher and to achieve a work environment not deterred by fear but rather a freedom to speak out and be vulnerable with workmates, regardless of position.
Wise words to young people?
Never be afraid or too shy to ask for help. Always have the courage to seek out help where it is needed.
What do you do to unwind?
It’s one of sleeping or something more active like taking a walk.
Books or movies?
Books. Movies in the 21st century seem to have more or less the same storyline; I find books to be less predictable and suspenseful, I would go for a book any day.
Early riser or night owl?
Amapiano or Afropop?