“It’s been an amazing journey doing what I love.” Bertha Mumba
There is so much joy in interacting with people during conferences, fellowships, exchange programs etc., it gives a sense of purpose when you do something for the good of others.
This is the story of a 22-year-old Bertha Mumba, a third year student pursing a bachelor degree in nuclear physics at the Obninsk institute of nuclear engineering. She is a volunteer and takes the position of logistics director at Thrive.
Thrive is a nonprofit organization that shares youth opportunities like internships, scholarships, fellowships, conferences, exchange programs from around the world.
We think Bertha Mumba is definitely one of our female future leaders here is her response to our questions;
Where are you based?
My home town is Lusaka, Zambia but I am currently in Obninsk a city 100 kilometers southwest of Moscow (Capital of Russia).
When did you start volunteering?
I began volunteering in January 2019. Having attended the world festival for youth students in 2017 and the world youth forum in 2018, I saw the need for volunteering and developing skills to produce new ideas and to make a positive change in the world.
How do you balance between volunteering and studying?
My responsibility involves research, looking for various opportunities and adding them to the website. I do my work during my free time, although it’s a little difficult during the exam period but I try to keep the balance.
How would you describe your experience so far?
Being part of an amazing team of individuals from various countries I definitely love what I do. We recently welcomed a Zambian ambassador which makes me particularly happy to have shared a nationality.
I love sharing opportunities whenever I get the chance. I share these opportunities on most social media platforms and specifically through WhatsApp and Facebook groups (Thrive opportunities Zambia) I must say the idea is to share various opportunities not only with Zambian youths but with all youths in the world and whenever I hear someone accepted to an opportunity I shared I am always so happy.
What challenges have you encountered?
During my search for new opportunities some websites do not have a full overview of all the information about the opportunity and hence it takes several hours to get the complete information
What is your like Life outside volunteering?
I love applying for opportunities as much as I love to searching for them. I love to learn new languages and currently learning Spanish I also enjoy exploring the internet for skills that can be attained online additionally I love to spend time with my friends and watching movies.
Who are your Role models?
I would say I am mostly inspired by Luyando Haangala for her work and exposure in the Zambian community and her #we keep moving foundation which inspires youths to build meaningful lives and careers. Am so glad to have met her once.
What inspires you to do your work?
Having only mostly heard of famous scholarship opportunities in Zambia and seeing very few participants from Zambia at international conferences I want more Zambians to have access and see them THRIVE.
What is your Life motto?
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it” (Walt Disney).
Always dare to dream it might seem hard to believe now but wonderful dreams come true.
What causes are you passionate about?
I am passionate about FREE EDUCATION, MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS, ZERO HUNGER (SDG GOALS) and CLIMATE CHANGE.
What are your favorite books and publications?
Am not a big reader but I intend to read “The subtle art of not giving a fuck” this year.
If you had the power to change anything about the world, what would you change?
I think I will go with SDG goal 4: Quality education. I would like to see every child have access to quality education as every child has the right to education.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be one of the Zambian youths that will help achieve 2030’s SDG global goals. I also hope to be able to stand in front of the UN secretary general at UN headquarters in New York city.
What advice do you have for the youth especially female?
Value yourself, love yourself, now your worth, have self-respect, always be nice to other people and smile more
Bertha we are privileged to hear from you in February which is the said month of love so what is your view on relationships and love?
I believe true love exists, good guys and good girls do exist. Don’t let one bad relationship make you think good guys or good girls don’t exist.
Written by Carlos Tembo
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