The following post is written by Andrew Lockdall, Turkish Overseas Flagship alumnus.
In May 2014, Turkish Flagship alumnus, Andrew Lockdall assisted in preparations for the 17th annual International Women’s Film Festival at his internship in Ankara. Andrew was kind enough to write a short article about his experience interning at the Flying Broom, an organization that aims to provide information and training to empower women, and contribute to the development of efficient policies for solving women’s problems
Here is his story:
Interning at Flying Broom was undoubtedly a rewarding experience. The work I performed ranged from assembling nametags and sorting posters, to compiling lists of sponsors, and writing film summaries for the film festival. Working with a team of dedicated, talented, and sincere individuals, while addressing critical issues such as early marriages, domestic violence, and gender inequality in general was not only a great way to improve my Turkish, but also my overall character.
Flying Broom is perhaps best known for its annual International Women’s Film Festival, which is currently in its 17th running. I feel very lucky to have been a part of its preparation, as it is truly an impressive event, which features ore than 100 woman-directed films from 42 countries.
The Turkish Flagship Program is designed as an innovative overseas language program for students in all fields of study. The academic-year program at Ankara University/TÖMER consists of daily Flagship lectures, individual language partner tutorials, guest seminars, and direct enrollment courses at Ankara University/TÖMER in the students’ fields of specialization.