QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 32

QMU student takes on internship challenge in Zambia A QMU Events Management student has risen to the challenge of taking on a unique internship opportunity in Zambia, southern Africa, thanks to the Saltire Foundation. Zoe Fraser, 20, from Aberdeen, is spending 12 weeks with business support agency, Challenges Worldwide, in the Zambian capital city of Lusaka. Challenges Worldwide delivers business support to medium sized enterprises in developing countries and conducts market research through volunteering. The charity organisation supports entrepreneurs and enterprises, helping them to grow their businesses to generate income, sustainable economic growth and help alleviate poverty through empowerment. Unlike a lot of other internships available through the Saltire Foundation, Challenges Worldwide is a charity and is part of the International Citizen Service. As part of her role, Zoe is now helping local enterprise, Frontier Development Associates, by carrying out business analysis, market research and making business improvement recommendations. Frontier Development Associates specialises in business development consulting, agribusiness project design and management, private equity and fund management. Zoe was able to secure her internship with help from the Saltire Foundation’s prestigious Saltire Scholar Programme, which opens the door of the world's leading organisations to some of Scotland's most talented students and provides them with an unparalleled chance to engage with global thought leaders and entrepreneurs. After completing her internship, Zoe will undertake a Chartered Management Institute qualification in professional business consulting, which will be funded by the Saltire Foundation. Zoe is also being supported by the ICS Entrepreneur programme, which connects UK volunteers with volunteers in developing countries, putting their skills and creativity into practice to support emerging businesses and encourage economic growth. Commenting on her experience with Challenges Worldwide so far, Zoe said: “My involvement with the Saltire Foundation has benefited me massively and still I’m only half way through my internship. “Securing a place with Challenges Worldwide and spending time living and working in Lusaka has been one of the most eye-opening and insightful experiences of my life. The opportunity to put business knowledge gained throughout my studies into a real life situation has been invaluable and I’ve learned an incredible amount already. “This experience has challenged me in so many ways, through work and just everyday living in Zambia. I already feel as though I have a new outlook on life and work. “For future QMU students this really is an opportunity not to miss. The Saltire Foundation is really prestigious and businesses around the world will recognise this on your CV. The internships available through Saltire are incredibly diverse and there really is something for everyone, so no matter what you study you can be sure to find something suitable.” ❒ A relaxing break at Madras Lodge, Gullane A writer’s retreat, a home-from-home when moving house, a family summer holiday or just a chance to refresh and relax over a get-away weekend with friends. These are just some of the reasons QMU Graduates' Association members and friends return again and again to enjoy the old-worldly charm of Madras Lodge, our holiday home in Gullane, East Lothian. Sea breezes and country walks still top the list of best things to do, closely followed by eating out in the local pubs and restaurants. A few minutes’ walk from the beach, easy access to the John Muir trail, East Lothian golf courses, bird watching or the expanding range of visitor attractions and eateries all help make Madras Lodge the perfect base for a reunion weekend with friends or a family holiday. Ch e ck yo u r G r a du ate s' A s s o c i ati o n membership status with the Membership Secretary, and contact the Madras Lodge Bookings secretary for an autumn or winter break. These run from September to April and costs are modest. The house sleeps five people, the loft four and two night breaks are from just £110 in t Ё ԁѡ͔)ݥѠ͕ܵͽѡɕЁɕ)ɽ9ٕȸvH)QLȁȁ)ٕE5TչɝɅՅє)х聅չѼЁЁչɝɅՅє͕̰)ЁхՑ̰٥܁ѡ́ѥ̸)]MɑЁMѕ)QŅL)]ɔE5T ĀUT)ѡȁɵѥܹŵԹլ)=ɝ͕5ɭѥ չѥ́=E5T()E5e=TٕЁ9) ́ȁ5Ʌ́1) ́Mɕх)Y)P܀)聵ŵ՝ɜլ)ٕE5TѝɅՅєٕ)х聅չѼЁЁѝɅՅє͕̰)ЁхЁЁа٥܁ѡ)ѥ̸)]]͑́9ٕ)QԸLܸ)]ɔE5T ĀUT)ѡȁɵѥܹŵԹլ)=ɝ͕5ɭѥ չѥ́=E5T