Internship at the Habitat for Humanity International
The practical work that I propose to undertake involves working as a media content manager for the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Habitat for Humanity International, Hungary. In this capacity, I will be actively engaged in design, photography, collage, filming, and the editing of these materials, for the activities arranged by the Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). I will attend the seminars, media conferences and project sites related to the HFHI, to take photos and film. I hope, by the end of the 3-month internship, to gain a better understanding about the use of several communications media. Also, I wish to learn more about the structure and operation of an NGO, like the HFHI who deal with renovations, the building of housing and education in economy and energy efficiency, which would help me get more experience in these areas. I am participating with a charity NGO in Hungary called Drop in the Ocean, which provides finance for supporting orphans in the Pilis village in order to provide medical, living and educational assistance. My internship with HFHI should prove instructive.
Millard Fuller established the organization Habitat for Humanity International in 1976, and served in executive roles until 2005. His leadership helped make the HFHI a leader for the housing of Christians worldwide. Fuller, a graduate of Auburn University, Alabama and the University of Alabama Law School at Tuscaloosa started a marketing firm while in school. Fuller’s business expertise and entrepreneurial drive made him a millionaire at age 29. But as the business prospered, his health, integrity and marriage suffered. These crises prompted Fuller to re-evaluate his values and direction. Fuller and his wife decided to sell all of their possessions, give the money to the poor and begin searching for a new focus for their lives. This search led them to Koinonia Farm, a Christian community located near Americus, Georgia, where people were looking for practical ways to apply Christ’s teachings. The Fullers initiated several partnership enterprises, including a ministry in housing. They built modest houses on a non-profit, no-interest basis, thus making homes affordable to families with low incomes. Homeowner families were expected to invest their own labor into the building of their home and the houses of other families. This reduced the cost of the house, increased the pride of ownership and fostered the development of positive relationships. Money for building was placed into a revolving fund, enabling the building of even more homes. In 1973, Fuller moved to Africa with his wife and their four children to test their system. The housing project, which they began in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), was a success. Fuller became convinced that this model could be expanded and applied all over the world. Upon his return to the United States in 1976, Fuller met with a group of close associates. They decided to create a new independent organization: Habitat for Humanity International. From 1976 to 2005, the Fullers devoted their energies to the expansion of Habitat for Humanity throughout the world. Mr. Fuller passed away in February 2009 at the age of 74.
The HFHI organization has been operating since 1996 in Hungary. 1369 houses have been built since then helping families at 11 locations. 149 families could move into a new home, 355 families have been served with repair and renovation projects and 856 families have participated in trainings.
The work I will undertake will amount to 160 hours, 16 hours a week for 10 weeks. I am interested in discovering the practical use of my knowledge I have learned so far at McDaniel College Europe, and obtaining a better understanding of what is waiting for me after graduation. Ms. Renata Scheili will be my advisor and she will give me tasks as mentioned before. Beside Ms. Renata Scheili, Professor Matthew Adamson will be my advisor at the College. He will check my results on a once every two weeks basis, consulting with Ms. Renata Scheili. In addition he will receive a portfolio of my work, accompanied by an essay, at the end the semester.[/one_half]