Sam volunteered with Camara Education as a Logistics and Sales Support intern for five months. He has now been hired as Project Manager for Camara in London where he will oversee the establishment of a new hub. Congratulations Sam!  

Marie Murphy from Rathcoole - Tallaght drop off 25 July 2013

Sam accepts computer donation from Marie Murphy at Tallaght drop-off event in July

My name is Sam and I am a part-qualified accountant from Dublin, Ireland. After spending a number of years toiling away in accountancy practices, I wanted to undertake a role that I found more fulfilling; one where the culmination of several hours’ work resulted in positive, social change and not simply a largely irrelevant report that sits idle on a shelf. Having become increasingly interested in the role social enterprises play in aiding improvements in human and environmental well-being, I was thankful to get the opportunity to gain experience with Camara Education.

At the start, I was given flexibility (within reason!) to choose the areas which I wanted to help out in. I didn’t have much experience in logistics and business development and felt that doing some work in these fields would really benefit both myself and Camara. It meant I could apply my professional capabilities while also having the chance to provide Camara with some fresh insights.  I got stuck in straightaway and was given autonomy in these roles, but also had great support to help me when required.

I helped with the logistics of shipping containers full of computer equipment to Haiti, Tanzania, Kenya, Lesotho, Jamaica and Ethiopia. Over 4,000 computers were shipped, meaning more than 80,000 children will receive a better education and digital literacy skills through Camara.  It felt really great being part of the process I have to say!

When helping with the business development side of Camara I learned how to really foster relationships with companies, ensuring their expectations were managed professionally. I was also able to have a go at developing marketing material with the in-house design team, which was enjoyable. Another highlight was handling a publicity campaign for Camara that was held in The Square Town Centre, Tallaght which gave me an insight into how the Irish media operates.
I received a lot of practical experiences and fulfilment from Camara. I had the pleasure to work with an abundance of very talented, helpful and happy people who all enjoy the roles that they are doing. I would highly recommend volunteering with Camara Education, especially for  anyone who wishes to develop particular areas of their professional skill set whilst knowing that every hour’s work is resulting in increased positive social change, not just a meaningless report!  🙂

–      Sam Lehane, Logistics & Sales Support intern

 

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