To the Kolliner Family,
I would like to extend my warm appreciation for your support through the Peter and Barbara Kolliner Overseas Placement Grant. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to accept the opportunity to complete an internship at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC); an experience which has developed my personal and professional vision, and given me the opportunity to experience Johannesburg city and culture very intimately.
Through my time interning at the JHGC I have experienced many aspects of the Centre’s functioning. Spending time with each of the section managers I had the opportunity to engage with and support a Cambodian genocide survivor, prepare and attend education sessions, collaborate with representatives from the Japanese Embassy to organise and install a temporary exhibition, Atomic Bomb and Human Rights, and assist with the opening and closing ceremony for this exhibition. I also represented the Centre during events run by independent groups and conducted research to find the origins of historical documents. I have gained an enormous appreciation for the Centre's capacity to create social change within Johannesburg and South Africa.
The academic research project which I completed in correspondence with the Centre and other local organisations is directly related to my future aspirations of creating social change around the perception of minority groups within wider Australian society. The conversations I have had during my time in Johannesburg, along with my first-hand observations, have been invaluable in furthering both my academic outlook and my personal worldview.
Thank you very warmly for facilitating this enriching experience.