Meet Our Interns: Sophia Harzenmoser
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DECEMBER, 2016
Sophia, a teacher from Switzerland, ventured to Cape Town this year to join Greenpop as an intern in their tree nursery, which is a showcase for urban greening and an eco-education hub for the local community. Here’s how Sophia experienced her time here.
As a primary school teacher, I need to spend 12 weeks in an English speaking country to finish my studies, seven of which I’ve spent in England last year. This time I wanted to travel further, go to a country I hardly knew anything about. I’ve always liked spending my free time outdoors, volunteering in a zoological garden for ten years, hiking in the Swiss mountains, cycling around the city, skiing or evening walks. But just having 5 weeks of holidays in South Africa didn’t seem fulfilling enough for me, so I started to look for an internship in Cape Town and found Greenpop. Greenpop was the perfect choice for me. I was looking for an internship where I would not only learn a lot about the country, its people and urban greening, but also get physically active in nature. My soil soaked hands are proof of that!

I usually had three different type of days; office days, nursery days and planting days.
In the beginning of my time at Greenpop, I used my office days to do research on companion planting, the benefits of Stinning Nettle and how to build an Herb Spiral. Through that I’ve learned a lot that benefited me on my days at the Nursery.

Hands planting a tree.
Singer.
“The highlight for me was to notice how my awareness for nature and specifically trees increased…”
After this research I started my main task, which was to write a guideline for the cooperation with the schools. This curriculum-based guideline suggests activities to do with the students that are related to the planting days or eco-topics in general. Needless to say, as a teacher, this task fits me perfectly. It was really great to create something that will help Greenpop and the schools in the future. On nursery days I helped plant seedlings, pack mulch and compost for the planting days and built the Herb Spiral.

The highlight for me was to notice how my awareness for nature and specifically trees increased, and to use the newly gained knowledge to build a Herb Spiral at the Greenpop Nursery.

I liked Cape Town and its beautiful surrounding nature so much that I will definitely come back and bring family and friends with me. My highlight in Cape Town so far was hiking Table Mountain on the Skeleton Gorge route, which was challenging but very rewarding in the end.

I will definitely miss the incredibly lovely people I’ve met here! And being inspired by those people every day, to rethink how I live and what my priorities are in life.

Women in Sustainability: Meet our Head of Programmes, Zoë Gauld-Angelucci

Women in Sustainability: Meet our Head of Programmes, Zoë Gauld-Angelucci

For this year’s Women’s Day in South Africa, we want to introduce a woman in sustainability who inspires us daily. After earning a Master’s degree in Development Studies, she joined Greenpop in 2014. When she is not heading up programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, you can find her spending time with her family, tending to her garden, practising Italian, and searching for the best pizza in the Mother City. Get to know Zoë Gauld-Angelucci!

15 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference On World Environment Day

15 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference On World Environment Day

World Environment Day is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has been held annually since 1974. The goal of the day of action is to promote environmental awareness and draw attention to crucial concerns around our planet’s survival, that require active engagement and commitment. Today, the day represents one of the largest global platforms for environmental action, with millions of participants from around the world. Each World Environment Day focuses on a specific issue that reflects urgent problems and challenges of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity loss or pollution.

Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO.

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