Internship Period: June 2018 – September 2018
About the intern: As an intern at LGL, I come with a passion for non-profit/NGO work via Erasmus for my placement year at the University of Huddersfield. Though I study in the UK, I am originally from the US Midwest where my experience working in the advocacy field started while I was still just a young kid volunteering for the Girl Scouts. Since then I’ve never looked back, and continue to work in the NGO sphere in the hopes of creating a better world. I am always looking to expand my worldview and to learn as much as possible, which is what led me to apply for this internship. I have always been interested in LGBT issues and the surrounding community, and wanted to get more involved, all meanwhile exploring new facets of non-profit work as well as a country and region completely new to myself. I truly believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of all factors, including sexuality and gender identity, and it is important to me to work towards a world in which this is a reality.
About the intern: As a recent graduate of the University of Turku, Finland, with a Bachelor’s degree in translation and Gender Studies, my interest in LGBT+ rights runs deep. Before starting my Master’s degree in Gender Studies in the fall, I’m hoping to use my academic and activist knowledge and previous non-profit work experience to help better the situation and visibility of LGBT+ people in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Working at LGL, I am especially interested in transgender issues and hope to gain a deeper understanding of the specific challenges faced by trans people in the Lithuanian context as well as the complex processes required to keep a national LGBT+ advocacy organization running effectively.
About the volunteer: I first became interested in LGL’s work after they organized “Baltic Pride 2013”. Inspired by the pride march, I decided to volunteer in the organization. I took part in volunteer training in the beginning of 2014 and right after that started my volunteering work in LGL. Since then, I am an active volunteer in this organization. My work mostly consists of looking after the library, making badges and other small work in the office. I always try to participate in all LGL’s organized workshops, seminars and lectures. And try to give a helping hand if needed. I am also our EVS volunteer’s Tatiana mentor. I enjoy being a part of LGL’s team very much!
About the volunteer: I started volunteering in LGL when I was still in school. If I’m not wrong it was the spring of 2015. I was searching for myself, trying to understand who I am and why I am the way I am. I visited an event in “Rainbow days”, which was hosted by Aliona and Tomas. By that time I have not considered volunteering at this organization but I was always a socially active person. I have tried volunteering in other organizations. Unfortunately there I had not found the sense of community and purpose. Probably by that point in my life LGBT+ problems were closer to my every day life. Later that year I started visiting the workshops organized by LGL and step by step I became part of the family. I enrolled in few social events, hosted workshops. I became the security coordinator of BALTIC PRIDE 2016. Now I am a student and during my free time I try to do what I can in LGL. My upcoming job is EVS mentoring. LGL is a place where I can help others and also improve my own abilities and skills. I am proud to be part of it.