"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
“I recently found a letter I had written when I was about 10 years old. In it, I said that when I grew up, I wanted to help children in Africa.
“I completely forgot about it in the intervening years. When I finished my degree in business systems, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but my mum’s friend told me of a work experience placement at Plan International UK so I decided to apply.
“I fell in love with the job and haven’t left since – that was 20 years ago. My mum always said it is better to light a candle than to complain about the darkness. Speaking to our supporters, seeing the work we do on the ground and meeting the children we’ve helped, I feel so lucky to be doing this job – it is exactly the job I wanted to do when I was 10, and still is.”
Julian Jack, Supporter Relations Manager
"I'm lucky enough to be doing the job I'd have told you I wanted when I was about 15 - I suppose not too many of us can say that.
"The people we work with across the world have incredible stories to tell - sometimes of terrible hardship but most often of real hope. It's my job to give them the chance to do that through the media here in the UK, be that a local newspaper, The Guardian or the BBC.
"A memorable time for me was the few days after the Nepal earthquakes in 2015. We worked around the clock to arrange live TV and radio interviews with people on the ground, so that folks here in the UK could understand the scale of the devastation. The funds raised off the back of that continue to rebuild people's lives. For me that's pretty rewarding."
Charlie King, Press and Media Manager
"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