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CHOICER IN THE SPOTLIGHT AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: AMSTERDAM / NEW YORK WITH CHOICE SINCE: SEPTEMBER 2014 POSITION WITHIN CHOICE: MEMBER OF THE CHOICE

AMBER

UNIVERSITY CLUSTER

After finishing her masters in cultural anthropology Amber was eager to become involved in an organization whose work and values she could truly stand behind:

is that young girls who might be at risk of child marriage are given a safe space where they can mobilise and have more power to determine their own future.”

“I heard about CHOICE through a university friend and after checking out the website I immediately “fell in love”. I believe I sent in open application that very same day!”

Facilitating this training in Mozambique was a great opportunity for Amber to see how a NGO implements its programs on the ground. She got to meet the staff members of Plan Mozambique, the peer educators and young girls who were involved in the project. Amber:

During her first six months within our organization Amber already gained a lot of experience, both on a personal and a professional level.

“It was interesting to see how different the teaching/learning style is in Mozambique. The peer educators were not really used to being asked for their opinions, which I think stems from a really strict teacher/ student dynamic in schools.”

“I’m really impressed at how professional and dedicated CHOICERs are. Becoming a CHOICEr is definitely a real commitment in terms of your time and energy, but for me it means I have a space where I can really develop myself. Because CHOICE is a youth-led organization you are given a lot of opportunities that you wouldn’t have elsewhere. This is why I was able to do my first training this month in Mozambique!”

When asked if her experience in Mozambique inspired Amber to go on more trainings, she replies enthusiastically: “Definitely! ‘No, I don’t’ is really an awesome program and it was so much fun being a part of it. For the future, I am certainly inspired to do more trainings with CHOICE’s local partners!”

Amber accompanied Project Officer Abby Buwalda to co-facilitate a training in Maxixe, Mozambique. This training was given to the facilitators of boys and girls clubs as part of CHOICE and Plan Nederland’s ‘No I Don’t’ program against early and forced marriage in Zambia and Mozambique. “It’s a really great program that aims to empower young boys and girls by making them aware of their human, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The hope

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