Embassy of Qatar Sponsorship
For those who don’t know me, my name is Emma de Kiefte. Last year during my studies in International Development, I was made aware of an opportunity to intern with the Embassy of Qatar. Seeing it as a unique experience I submitted an application and was accepted. Through interning with the Embassy, I learnt a great deal of things, not only did I get to answer my questions about the work that goes on in embassies, but I was also able to learn about a different and special culture. Through my work I also made friendships that I will have for the rest of my life. During my internship there was a large focus on developing and implementing ways that the Embassy could be more involved and interactive with the local region, creating ties between students, its staff and Qatar. Each year at the Qatar National Day celebrations, the Embassy chooses organisations within the community to make generous donations to. Towards the end of my time there, I was involved in a team tasked with deciding who these would be for 2017. We also discussed ways to be more involved within the Canberra community. With a growing relationship with UC, it was suggested that the Embassy sponsor a sporting team with ties to the university, and, being a proud member of UCHC, I quickly put forward our club. After weeks of debating it was decided that they would support the White Ribbon and St Vincent de Paul organisations, along with UCHC. Qatar is a country that very little is known about and is in many ways misunderstood. This sponsorship would aim at building a relationship and friendship between our two communities and help educate the community on the misconceptions of Qatar.