"From meeting Malala to seeing first-hand, as the earthquakes struck, the devastation caused in Nepal, this job has its ups and downs.
"But visiting the girls and boys we support around the world and their communities, witnessing positive change, makes it all worthwhile."
- Tanya Barron, Chief Executive
“As a little girl I spent most of my time writing stories and really wanted to be an author. But as I grew up, I realised real life can be far more interesting and inspiring than fiction.
“For me, being brave enough to talk about your experiences publicly in the hope that it will help others is one of the most impactful things you can do, and I’m very proud to work with young people all over the world who do just that.
“My ambition for Plan International UK is that we will continue to turn issues that girls are facing into everyday conversations. Recently we’ve tackled period poverty and stigma, street harassment and online safety – who knows what’s next!”
Laura MacLeman, Press and Media Manager
“I was born to be a girls’ rights campaigner. I’ve always been determined to make sure the work I do is rooted in fighting for justice and equality, ensuring girls and women have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.
"So it’s no surprise that today, I’m working at Plan International UK, a charity that champions girls’ rights in some of the world's most marginalised communities, as well as right here in the UK. Making even the smallest of changes in girls’ lives is the most fulfilling thing I can think of doing with my time.”
- Peymana Assad, Campaigns Officer
"I'm in the sponsorship communications team - reading and processing all the correspondence between sponsors and sponsored children. Every item is read, checked and logged. It's a huge job with thousands of items of mail going back and forth from all the countries that Plan International works in - but there's something impressive about sustaining that level of communication between individuals from such diverse backgrounds. Some of the mail is very touching - just different people trying to make connections and exchange an interest in one another."
Jan Heritage, sponsorship communications volunteer
“I Joined Plan International UK 15 years ago… I wanted a change from the private sector, and while I hadn’t thought of the charity sector at the time, Plan International UK was a good fit in terms of the work environment, career prospects, and Plan International’s mission. Staff are very friendly and at the same time incredibly professional and efficient.”
Tarik Hasan, IT Operations Manager
“I currently manage a portfolio of 17 projects that are implemented in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
“What is fantastic about the projects I manage is that they take place in various countries where the contexts and needs are different. This gives me the opportunity to work on various interventions related to emergencies such as supporting refugees who flew from their countries due to conflicts; water and sanitation projects supporting victims of natural disasters; education projects ensuring that children have access to education by building new schools and training teachers.”
Mariam Diakite, Major Partnership Unit Programme Support Officer