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Volunteer or Intern

AHE is actively seeking volunteers and board members who have the following professional skill-sets:

May 2014 Rwanda Delegation: Volunteer Filmmaker Jordan Salvatoriello

May 2014 Rwanda Delegation: Volunteer Filmmaker Jordan Salvatoriello

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Legal
  • International Development
  • Fundraising
  • Videography and Filmmaking

All volunteers and interns are given the opportunity to travel to Rwanda with AHE founder Sara Stender. Travel service fees for board members are waived. For more details on the board member application process, or to inquire about volunteering in Asheville, NC please email sara@africahealingexchange.org.

AHE accepts one intern per semester, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and opportunities include any or all of the following:

  • Multimedia: Photojournalism and Film
  • Marketing: Promotion and Events
  • Nonprofit Development
  • Entrepreneurship

People who join the AHE team claim to gain new insight into all aspects of start-up management and development, and have expressed feeling included in all aspects of the organization. AHE’rs tend to be well-rounded, positive-minded and easy-going people who believe in walking the talk and starting with self-healing in order to create a ripple effect throughout the world. When you join AHE, you will have access to a dynamic, experienced group of professionals, and will have the unique opportunity to participate in, and contribute to, a social mission which is helping to change lives on a global scale.

The next internship interviews will be held in late April-early May, 2015, for summer and fall positions. For more details on the opportunities, download the overview here and send a letter of interest with your resume to Sara Stender, via sara@africahealingexchange.org.

Former Interns

Graduate Level
AmyAmy Guest is an International Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate student at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, and is focusing her studies on post-conflict trauma healing and community reconciliation. Amy recently completed a Global Field Studies course which concluded in Sierra Leone, where she worked with governmental bodies such as the National Commission for People with Disabilities, the Ministry for Social Welfare, the Ministry for Education, and the Parliamentary Committee on Youth, as well as non-governmental organizations including Handicap International, One Family People, and POPDA (Polio Persons Development Association). Amy worked closely with the AHE board of directors and clinical team to assist with program development.

Undergraduate Level
Morrah AHE Photorrah Goggins was AHE’s winter-spring 2014 intern. Interestingly, she came on as an event volunteer when she was a junior at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and wanted to get a sense of the organization. As an intern, Morrah participated in board meetings, helped coordinate events, and served as a liaison while our AHE team members were out of the country. She also led AHE’s first silent auction benefit which took place during a mini African Festival at White Horse Black Mountain and continued to serve a valuable role in identifying funding sources and updating the website. Morrah was AHE’s first student board of directors member and held a seat on the board for a short time before completing her undergrad studies in International Studies at the UNCA. Morrah mentioned that “everyone at AHE truly made me feel like a part of the team, not just a student at a local university. Every member of the team is passionate about AHE’s mission, which is demonstrated in everything they do.”

Kelsey Trimbur Kelseyserved as the first AHE intern, in the winter and spring of 2013, and she focused primary on researching funding opportunities and also assisted in some website work and French translations. Since graduating from UNC Asheville with majors in International Studies and French, Kelsey Trimbur has relocated to Chicago where she first worked at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a nonprofit focused on community organizing. Currently, Kelsey works in data operations at GrubHub with future plans to teach English in Asia. Kelsey shares that “Working with AHE taught me how to dive into the world of start-up organizing. I acquired invaluable skills in grant research and database organizing. The biggest impact came from participating in conversations about how AHE would find their greatest success in Rwanda while also maintaining a relationship with its home city Asheville.”

HPHannah Presser is a May 2016 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in International Relations and double minors in French and Political Science. Hannah has been interning with Africa Healing Exchange since January 2015 and recently joined as an active Board Member. She traveled to Rwanda in December 2015 with AHE for the business skills and meditation workshops in Kigali and Gisenyi. Hannah aspires to work in the field of international human rights and has been involved in UNCA’s Model United Nations chapter and the French Film Society.