A former Nescot student has spent the summer in southern Africa after being chosen for an internship with an international charity.
George Nock, who finished his Level 3 in Media Production in June with a DDM profile, spent six weeks filming Bhubesi Pride Foundation (BPF) as they travelled from Namibia to South Africa.
“The charity wanted the film to show everything the charity does, so I was a one-man crew filming everything from the travel to the teaching to the rugby matches,” said George, 19.
“It was an amazing opportunity, because I got to travel and see a beautiful part of the world while helping a charity and learning more about film-making.
“In an ideal world I’d like to travel and make documentaries in the future, so the internship was great because I got a really good idea of what that would be like.”
BPF takes a team of qualified volunteers on expeditions between January and July each year, travelling from Uganda to South Africa through Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.
The volunteers support rugby and community development in schools and community centres, aiming to use the sport as a way of uniting, empowering and inspiring people.
George, who also paid to do a skydive and a bungee jump during his time in Africa, has now been asked to act as an ambassador for the charity, speaking to other students about his internship.
He is now studying Film and TV Production at the University of Hertfordshire, and said filming for BPF had enabled him to practice thinking on his feet, planning ahead and managing his time.
“The best thing about the experience was the children we were working with, who were so excited to be doing sport,” said George, who travelled to Africa from May 27 to July 9.
“I would say to anyone else who had a similar opportunity to go for it, because you never know what you’re going to learn for yourself and what you’ll be able to contribute to other people.”
Graham Chalk, Deputy Head of Media at Nescot, said: “We’re really proud that George was chosen for this opportunity, and it sounds like he learnt a lot and had a great time.”