"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 gender specialist I think one of the biggest issues is that if we talk about women’s rights agenda, girls are invisible, and if we talk about children’s rights agenda, girls are also invisible. So they tend to be left out of the discussion and I thought that working in an organisation like this that focuses on girls is a good way to making a real change on girls’ lives.
“If I ruled the world (which I will) I would end discrimination and exclusion – and how groups of people feel superior to others.”
Gabriela Alvarez Minte, Gender Equality Advisor
“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
“My toughest moment at Plan International UK… I will always remember a young girl I met in South Sudan, on my first Plan International field visit, who had been born in a refugee camp and knew no other life, who had been in and out of school due to displacement and who had lost her parents to the conflict but was still enthusiastic about going to school. You feel incredible frustrated, sad and angry but that is what keeps you motivated to work.”
Gloria Donate, Disaster Risk Management Programme Manager
“My highlight so far… Within the first few weeks of joining Plan International UK and launching the partnership with Chelsea FC, we supported the club to respond to our Refugee Crisis appeal. It was a real team effort between us and Chelsea FC as we pulled together information and fundraising activities in a short amount of time for the game against Arsenal FC. Together we raised over £55,000 from this one game with bucket collections, a match day ad in the programme and stadium screens, half-time raffle, and Chelsea FC generously donated a £1 from all ticket sales and then ran an online auction of the whole team’s signed shirts. It was a real example of the impact and influence our corporate partners can have and what we can achieve together when we share platforms and channels to respond to an urgent crisis.”
Jessica Ridgewell, Corporate Partnerships Executive
“As Plan International UK’s girls’ rights campaign manager, I want to send the message across that it’s everyone’s responsibility to stand against discrimination, regardless of your gender. I love my job because I get to do that by working with so many inspiring young activists who are driving changes in laws, policies and communities’ attitudes on gender equality - helping to bring tangible change for all girls both across the world and in the UK.”
Danny Vannucchi, International Campaigns 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