1. How did you first hear about Shared Interest?
I heard about Shared Interest during the fresher’s fair at Northumbria University in 2008.
2. When did you join as an ambassador?
I joined after learning more about fair trade at a conference in London last year. Having been made aware at the fresher’s fair that Shared Interest promotes and enables fair trade, I decided to become an ambassador.
3. What motivated you to become an ambassador?
I believe in learning new things every day and in practical change. Having been the International Students Representative at Northumbria University, I share the strong opinion that joining global campaigns against poverty is the only way to help the world’s poorest countries. Shared Interest stands for a practical solution to this by being the world’s only 100% Fair Trade Lender. It was this practical solution which motivated me to become an ambassador, so that I could instil in others my passion and belief about the work which Shared Interest does.
4. What does it mean to you to be an ambassador?
I am happy to see that I am working with an organisation that helps poor countries all over the world. I am really proud to be part of Shared Interest.
5. What do you enjoy most about being an ambassador?
The fact that as an ambassador I get all the necessary training that enables me to travel all over the UK, meeting new people to promote our work and increase our membership in doing so.
6. What ambassador activities have you undertaken in the last three months?
I ran stalls at the International Community Day in Newcastle and at People and Planet’s UK Students Justice Conference at Manchester University I also raised money for the Shared Interest Foundation at the Holy Trinity Church Fair in Newcastle by promoting the Foundation and selling Shared Interest merchandise. In general, I also frequently request postcards from Head Office which I distribute at University and to shops in my local area. Furthermore, I am currently in discussions with University groups about doing a Shared Interest presentation to staff and students.
7. Which activities have you found to be most successful overall?
I believe that all of the above activities have been successful, although I particularly enjoy making new contacts and speaking with people who have never heard about Shared Interest before. This gives me a great deal of satisfaction and pride.
8. What do you find most difficult or frustrating about the ambassador scheme?
Generally I have not had any difficulty at the moment because I have received all of the necessary training and all of my questions about the scheme and Shared Interest have been answered in the new USB resource pack.
9. Do you have any suggestions on how the scheme could be improved?
All the ambassadors need more closeness and at least a meeting once in a month to share the progress of what have been done and to share ideas about how to move forward with our work.
10. Finally do you have any words of wisdom for other ambassadors?
Be active and try to have a target.