"I really feel that with the D.U. Conducting a humanitarian project (CPH), I have been given the basics to consider what to do next. »
Raphaëlle was at IFF Europe last year. She is a student of the D.U (Bac+3) Humanitarian Project Management CPH in 2019-2020. We reached her by phone at the beginning of September as she was about to start a new training course.
What are you doing this year?
I'm going to return to IFAID Aquitaine, in Bordeaux, where I'm going to train in the coordination of local and international solidarity projects. The training lasts two years with 9 months of professional training and then 9 months of internship.
So it's a continuation of what you learnt in the D.U (Bac+3). Conducting Humanitarian Projects (CPH)...
Absolutely: CPH trained me in project management and coordination with an application in the field during the solidarity mission: with my group, we carried out a solidarity workcamp in a reception centre for asylum seekers (CADA). By joining IFAID Aquitaine, I am therefore continuing all that I learnt and acquired in the field last year at IFF Europe. IFAID Aquitaine will be a more advanced and professional training programme.
Why did you choose IFAID rather than another similar training course?
I encountered IFAID five years ago at a humanitarian aid fair in Paris and I was immediately hooked on the concept of solidarity and project management. The year I spent at IFF Europe was a foretaste of where I wanted to go and confirmed my desire to work in project management. Today, I am more interested in working in solidarity than in humanitarian, emergency or post-emergency work: I want to set up long-term projects and do more development. All these reasons have led me to IFAID Aquitaine, which is a very formative and highly professional Level 1 Master's degree.
What is your professional dream?
I would very much like to work in Latin America or Africa on local development projects with women and children, but also on regional planning. I would also like to work with refugees. But I still leave myself a whole range of options to think about and reflect on.
"CPH is a very atypical and very complete training".
Did the D.U (Bac +3) CPH proposed by IFF Europe please you and help you?
Yes, I'm probably one of the students to whom this course has been most useful and helpful. I really liked the diversity of the courses and approaches (theoretical, practical), the internships, the links with the CPH trainers. It really helped me to confirm my desire to move towards project coordination and management and to want to exploit this avenue. I really feel that with CPH I've received the basics I need to consider what to do next.
What advice could you give for current students in the final year of the Bachelor's degree?
Remain open to all courses, to IFF Europe's own approach to the different dimensions of solidarity. For example, I personally had not addressed the religious dimension of solidarity issues before IFF Europe. And that opened my mind and interested me. I would also tell them to appreciate or benefit from the accompaniment with the trainers. Training at IFF Europe is atypical, and the more open students are this year, the less prejudices they will have, the more their year will benefit them. Finally, I would advise them to hold on to their work and not to fall behind, because it is an intense year. Contrary to "normal" or more traditional training courses, the D.U. (bac +3) CPH invites students to work on themselves, to an inner journey which allows them, through this training, to discover and get to know themselves better.
CPH is a very atypical and complete training course which allows you to find yourself and to better direct your professional project. It was on the strength of all this that I left IFF Europe at the beginning of the summer.