Half  a year as an intern at the Gondwana Collection. Where should I start…

The moment the Air Namibia plane touched the Namibian ground? I still had many, many unanswered questions in my head. I didn’t really know what to expect because there was no real job description when I applied for the position a couple of months back. Looking back, I now understand why.

“The beautiful Namib”

It is simply not possible to put all the things I experienced during my internship in a few lines. I can still vividly remember my first day at the office, when I was introduced to everybody and now over 5 months have already passed since then.

“The view from the Dune Star Camp”

Time flew by, but I had the opportunity to work in several different departments and could contribute to various projects. Most of the time I would work independently and had quite some responsibility doing that.

The Canyon Klipspringer Trail, exhausting… but worth it!

I really enjoyed working with my colleagues, and there was always something to do. As Manni Goldbeck loves to point out “Only stupid people get bored” and I think that there is a lot of truth in that.

“Not a single cloud”

Because of the fact that I was able to get to see quite a bit of Namibia, I will only mention my personal highlights. One of them, is of course the traditional Herero wedding I was able to attend.

“The Herero women in their traditional dresses”

What an experience. Three days of wild camping, fixing a 60 year old Mercedes, helping the cameraman to record everything and enjoying the night sky from the camp fire. It was quite an experience to see the traditions of the Herero’s and their hospitality.

Then there was my time in the Zambezi region, with the day trip to Vic Falls, the Canyon Klipspringer Trail along the Fish River, the nights at the Dune Star Camp & Wegkruip.

“One of the pictures I took at the Vic Falls”

I can barely imagine any other internship, where I would have been able to experience a country like this.

I already can’t wait for my next trip to this unique country.

Thank you so much for the amazing time,

Author: Benedikt