South African Summer

My alarm went off at 5:30am. I got up, got dressed, and drove to the nearest coffee shop. I had an interview for an internship that morning at 7am, and I wanted to be awake and alert for the interview so that I’d have the best chance possible of getting the internship. I had applied online for this internship a couple weeks earlier. The company--Greenpop--is based in Cape Town, South Africa, so the interview was over Skype.

I originally found out about Greenpop through one of my favorite filmmakers. I had seen the videos he produced while volunteering for Greenpop in Zambia. The experience looked amazing. Greenpop is a reforestation organization based in Cape Town. They do volunteer projects in Zambia to educate people about the dangers of deforestation. Zambia has one of the largest deforestation rates in the world, with over 250,000 hectares being deforested every year. Greenpop is helping to reduce that rate by doing projects all over South Africa and in Livingstone, Zambia.

During the interview call, I admit, I was a little nervous, but I had done interviews before so I wasn’t shaking in my seat. It helped, too, that the call was voice only. My interviewer and I  talked for maybe fifteen minutes. She asked me about myself and my experience as a filmmaker and photographer, since the position I had applied for was in that field. We ended the call positively, though it wasn’t yet clear if I’d been offered the position. About a week later I received an email during my first period class in school. It was from the co-founder of Greenpop, Misha Teasdale. I almost disregarded the email, telling myself I would read it later. However, I’m glad I didn’t, because little did I know, this was the email that would determine the beginning of my travels, the inauguration of my senior year, and the entirety of my summer.

Long story short, I’ll be living in Cape Town for two months this summer as a video and photo intern for Greenpop, a reforestation company. I’m incredibly excited to make Cape Town the first stop on my year-long international adventure. Before going to Cape Town, however, I’ll be spending two weeks in Livingstone, Zambia with Greenpop. I’ll be planting trees, taking photos, videos, making films, and having what I think will be the time of my life.This wasn’t the way I had originally planned to start my trip, however, I think this is going to be a great way to begin my senior year.



Buy a tree! You can help me with my trip to Zambia by purchasing a tree through Greenpop's Trees for Fees program! Click below to learn more.