April is National Volunteer Month in the U.S., so we are sharing the perspectives of some of the incredible volunteers who make our work possible. Jennifer Haist is a graphic designer on our marketing team who lives in Nelson, British Columbia. She was recently recognized as Volunteer of the Month for her contributions. Asante Sana, Jenn!
When I was a child I was fascinated by African cultures. I would read books and study about the animals, languages, and people. Many years later after finding my path to become a graphic designer, I came across a posting online for a graphic design internship with Asante Africa Foundation. Right away my heart leapt and I applied. As a graphic designer still in school I was nervous at first, not knowing what to expect. Taking the plunge from the safety of school into the “real world” was daunting. From the moment I joined this amazing team my worries drifted away.
The staff at Asante Africa Foundation is continually challenging my creativity, while being fully supportive through each step. I have learnt valuable skills since partnering with this team related to marketing, design formatting, collaborating, and working within a brand.
The vision of Asante Africa Foundation is inspiring and the dedication of the team reminds me that a small group of passionate people can make a huge difference. Being part of this organization has changed the way I look at the world and also taught me valuable skills to further my own career.
As a recent graduate I am expanding my own design company, OwlBox Designs.
I look forward to continuing to work with this amazing organization and to put the skills I have gained to use in the industry.