Claudia: Firstly, the dynamicity of the training: its organisation and the topic areas that mentors and mentees can explore. In my case, my mentor was able to fine-tune the program to my specific needs. I am going to work in Sierra Leone for an Italian NGO to support the Procurement Officer and to also gain some direct field experience. Prior to my trip, I asked my mentor to provide me with specific information which could prepare me for experience in the field. Furthermore, I am interested in the energy supply of African countries, and my mentor spent a great deal of time explaining to me how energy supply works in countries including Kenya, the Central African Republic, Burundi, and Sudan.
Another positive aspect has been the expertise of my mentor. This is the first time that I have experienced this type of relationship, my mentor was available to satisfy all questions and doubts I had, from the most theoretical ones to the most practical. His experience and expertise is incredible.
I also enjoyed the opportunity to culturally learn from my mentor and to interact with someone who is living in another continent - he was able to provide me with the opportunity to learn about the cultural aspects of his country.