I am a Dutch MA student of North American Studies at Leiden University and very grateful for the opportunity to do this internship at VoW. Not only will I learn a great deal from the internship itself, but I also get to indulge in the Bay Area’s culture and weather. In my spare time I like to draw and do creative writing, and I very much enjoy doing yoga. If I’m brave enough I might pick up running here, but the hills here are very challenging for someone who grew up in the Netherlands, which is a completely flat country.
I’m a long-time admirer of Voice of Witness and a lover of stories. In fact, I spent my first year out of college writing a young adult fantasy novel, drawing inspiration from days spent biking around Oakland and working in a punky cheese shop (yes, there is such a thing). I’m always in search of new ways to tell stories that empower communities and inspire action, and I’m excited to be interning with an organization that does just that. I love Voice of Witness’ forthcoming collection, Palestine Speaks, especially this line from poet Riyam Kafri: “People here are born waiting…waiting to return to a home they still carry a key for in their hand and a memory in their heart, an image hidden in the folds of their dreams.”