The Insight Fellowship was unique in the way it gave me the freedom to pursue my interests while gaining the skills and experience I needed to grow.
Before I pursued my goal to become an attorney, I was on the lookout for an opportunity which would help me learn about negotiation and peacebuilding while also complimenting my passion for the environment. The Insight Fellowship was unique in the way it gave me the freedom to pursue these interests while gaining the skills and experience I needed to grow personally and professionally.
The highlight of my year had to be working with EcoPeace Middle East, an organisation using environmental conservation as a tool for peacebuilding. I worked as a trainer and mentor for all of the 50 staff members, and the role also allowed me to travel across Jordan, Palestine and Israel. I learned that people have so much more in common than what separates them and if we can meet certain needs we can have hope for peace.
The Fellowship offered training and mentorship but also the space and freedom to form and pursue my own ideas. Overall, it taught me to be mindful, and understand that listening carefully to different people’s perspectives is essential to moving forward in negotiations. If it wasn’t for the Fellowship, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.