Meeting, learning, and collaborating with people who are different from myself

 

Hi! I’m Malthe Wulsten Gronert . This summer I’m taking on the role as CanopyLAB’s Fundraising Intern.

My first encounter with CanopyLAB was back in 2015 when I joined one of their very first online courses. It was on Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and it was such a rewarding experience.

When I started high school in Denmark in 2013, I had just finished a year as an exchange student in Texas. Once I was back in Denmark and the Danish education system, I felt an urgent need to continue meeting, learning and collaborating with people from all over the world. Just as I had done as an exchange student. My year as an exchange student really gave me an insight into how rewarding it is to work with people from different backgrounds sharing their views and perspectives on issues of global concern. Not long after having signed up and created my profile in the LAB, I found myself spending my free time having discussions on human rights with fellow high school students from South America, Asia and Europe.

 

I found myself spending my free time having discussions on human rights with fellow high school students from South America, Asia and Europe.


Later that year I joined the CanopyLAB team as a Junior Facilitator when they hosted the Young Entrepreneurs for Change (YES) 2015 youth camp in Læsø, Denmark for 50 young Europeans working on topics such as entrepreneurship and sustainability. Again, I was reminded of the extraordinary effect there is when people with diverse backgrounds come together to collaborate and share ideas.

 

I was reminded of the extraordinary effect there is when people with diverse backgrounds come together to collaborate and share ideas.


While in high school, I also volunteered for the local branch of Danish Refugee Council Youth where I helped set up and run weekly events with the mission to create friendships between young refugees and the local youth. Additionally, I helped set up and run a youth group for exchange students coming to my hometown. As with my previous experiences, these two volunteer roles gave me an insight into the thoughts of people who are different from myself – whether that was by discussing important issues, drinking coffee or dancing salsa.

 

As with my previous experiences, these two volunteer roles gave me an insight into the thoughts of people who are different from myself – whether that was by discussing important issues, drinking coffee or dancing salsa.


With these experiences in mind, I decided to move abroad once I had finished high school. After spending my high school years figuring out how I would like to continue my educational path, I decided to apply for a 3-year BA course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I was accepted at the University of York where I have just finished my second year. I really enjoy the wide scope of the course and find it very rewarding to gradually build up a fundamental understanding of economic, political and philosophical matters. And of no surprise is the fact that, I am very excited to have course- and flatmates from around the world.

By following the rapid development of CanopyLAB, I have been continuously impressed by their ambitious mission to offer online learning experiences that allow learners to learn in their own way and collaborate with people around the world, assisted by new and groundbreaking technology. That’s why, when applying for summer internships, I knew I had to apply to CanopyLAB. I’m incredibly excited to have been given the chance to join CanopyLAB as their Fundraising Intern. I’m thrilled to be a part of this passionate international team and to once again meet and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, and I cannot wait to learn more about e-learning, fundraising and the day-to-day life in an EdTech company.

 

 


 

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