The learning objectives served as start-points for my internship. These where my initial goals but during the internship I did several others tasks, which will be further explained.
Some reflections are:
Learning Objective I
Investigate food prices, food availability and food origin of approximately 150 food items to be used for the National Healthy Food Basket project.
My first learning objective seemed so straight forward but it turned out to be more complicated than I thought. A lot of paperwork needed to be done before I could even enter a store/shop to ask for permission to collect. Within the stores I was often met by very sceptic retail owners/managers, which turned out to be one of my major challenges along with transportation – further explanation will follow.
Learning Objective II
Perform professional discussions, construct interview guides and practice interview and communication skills.
This is an essential part of my internship. I really get to apply all the classroom knowledge and improve and develop my personal communication and intercultural skills. I interview and discuss with people from different social layers and with different professional backgrounds and I therefore need to adjust questions and usage of professional terminology. Another reflection I had on this objective was language and possible language barriers. All communication and interaction is in the native language and though it is my mother tongue I have never used it in a professional context.
Learning Objective III
Participate in the pilot testing of Nutritious Friendly kindergartens in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The pilot testing was postponed due to inconsistency between the involved partners and I could therefore not participate in the pilot testing. I did a lot of reading about the project and talked with my internship supervisor about the implementation process, material process and how they would evaluate.
Learning Objective IV
Construct a paper about current food security situation in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to strengthen academic writing and gain in-depth knowledge about the topic.
This objective was a bonus task I sat for myself as the National Healthy Food Basket project was a good way to gather information. Throughout the internship I have gained great knowledge about the complexity of food safety and how the political system influence national health. I gather information from published papers and through discussions and interviews.