My first few days at Artizan international have been less of a baptism of fire than like one of those moments when the sky opens and rain starts falling in sheets while the sun still shines on (not least because that is what actually happened on my cycle home today!) but I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. I doubt there to be another place where I would be so pleased to have a “to-do” list that is refusing to get shorter.
Having only first heard of Artizan International at the end of last summer it has been a whirl-wind of a year; with A-levels (all passed), Uni visits and setting up an Etsy shop, my time to move to Harrogate and start the next chapter of life came round a lot faster than I expected. But after a burst tire on my way to my first day I was greeted warmly, we got to work and any anxiety I may have had melted away.
I first found out about Artizan International (then Craftaid International) at Greenbelt festival 2018 and at the time was looking for a few months’ worth of volunteering to do during my gap year. I was first drawn in by the beautiful crafts on the stall and started talking to the person running it, having discussed the work the charity does in Ecuador and Peru I planned to look further into this once I had some Wi-Fi. I looked on the website and saw the advertisement for a new intern and instantly knew this is was what whatever divine powers there might be wanted me to do this, I had a good feeling. While it took a little while to sort accommodation for the year eventually I had an interview in late January and was told they definitely wanted me for the year and “when could I start?”
So after my first two days I can confirm that so far my intuitions were correct and I’m excited for the, what I’m sure will be a busy year ahead and cannot thank everyone at the Harrogate office for making me feel part of the Artizan family.