Sunrise Joint Venture and Rotary Officially Launch RYLA Internship Program in Timor-Leste
The Sunrise Joint Venture (SJV) and Rotary Australian World Community Service officially launched the Timor-Leste Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Internship Program (the Program) on 30 November 2015 in Dili, Timor-Leste. Woodside's Community Relations Adviser and Country Representative, Antonio Dos Santos, attended the launch on behalf of the SJV. The Program commenced on 1 December 2015, and runs for approximately three months.
Following a rigorous recruitment process, 21 RYLA alumni were successfully selected for the Program. The interns will work with ALOLA Foundation, HIAM Health and Empreza Diak.
The main objective of the Program is to support career and personal enhancement of new graduates (and final year students) from Timor-Leste universities through experience, learning and innovation with prominent local NGOs in the country.
The interns have the opportunity to gain experience across a range of industries:
- ALOLA Foundation: Seven interns in areas of administration, economic empowerment, media/communication and health
- HIAM Health: Seven interns in areas of horticulture and health
- Empreza Diak: Seven interns in areas of administration, business, female empowerment initiatives and training
Joining the interns at the launch were representatives from ALOLA, HIAM Health and Empreza Diak. Rotary and the participating organisations are enthusiastic about the Program, encouraging the SJV to continue and expand the Program in the future.
The SJV has supported Rotary's RYLA program since 2012 to implement a week-long camp for young Timorese aged 19-26 to develop their knowledge and leadership skills. This internship pilot program aims to significantly add value to the RYLA program.