Today’s blog is brought to you by Grace Rogerson, intern with PPI-NI.
I’m originally from Solihull in England but moved to Northern Ireland in 2009 before going on to do my undergraduate degree in History and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2016 I was lucky enough to spend six months studying in Copenhagen, Denmark – thankfully I’ve been able to maintain aspects of the ‘hygge’ (happiness) lifestyle since my return. I’m currently completing my Master’s degree at Queen’s in Violence, Terrorism and Security and am delighted to be joining the PPI-NI team.
I’ve been involved with the peace building organisation People To People International since being awarded a scholarship to attend the Global Youth Conference in Washington, DC in 2013. I went on to become a member of the Northern Ireland Youth Congress, a delegate of the G8 Youth Summit (I got to hear President Obama speak!), and to become a founding member and chairperson of the North South Youth Forum before being elected as the UK Young Ambassador to Europe in 2014. The work that I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in has taught me a lot about different cultures and enabled me to meet incredible people across the globe. I’m hoping to bring these experiences and passions to my internship with PPI-NI.
I choose to complete an internship with PeacePlayers because the aim of learning to play together so that we can live together is one that I truly believe in. Peace comes from understanding and I believe that PeacePlayers works to achieve this in a unique and exciting way. I’m excited about learning more about the practical side of peace building within Northern Ireland as well as exploring the curriculum with the amazing young people involved. The opportunity to be out working in the community feels amazing as you can visibly see the differences that this organisation makes and it’s incredible to be a part of that.