We all have our own reasons for getting involved in solving hunger. Our online intern this month hopes to inspire as many people as possible to join WFP’s work and to do their part to help out. An interest in international development, law and human rights, and a passion for helping those less fortunate motivated him to become a WFP student online intern. Here’s how you can join him. Meet Pascal Pagh from Denmark.
What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
I am currently enrolled as a full-time student in the University of Southern Denmark where I’m studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Market and Management Anthropology. My programme is based on utilising anthropological theories and methods while maintaining a focus on the challenges that the corporate world and public organisations face. I am also enrolled as a part-time student at the University of Aarhus, where I study Law. The availability of a flexible part-time enrolment system makes it possible for me to study for two bachelor degree at the same time.
I want to pursue a career as a lawyer and diplomat; I aspire to work in the international relations, development, public international law and human rights fields, whilst preserving and advancing Denmark’s political and cultural interests.
What motivated you to be an online intern?
I had the opportunity to visit the UN city in Copenhagen in April 2013, with the Model United Nations of Denmark, which I am a part of. After witnessing the presentation given by the World Food Programme I thought to myself that this was a place where I could really make an impact. I visited the World Food Programme’s Danish website to see if there were any vacant positions and saw that they were as advertising for an online intern; I was lucky enough to be chosen!.
What inspires you to get involved in the fight against hunger?
There are such a vast number of problems in the world that need to be solved. Most of them can seem impossible to solve. Hunger is a huge problem in less developed countries which have to focus on feeding their people for basic survival instead of focusing on raising their standard of living on a national scale. I myself have always wanted to help, but I was not sure how I should go about it. I was inspired to fight against hunger after seeing the WFP presentation, when I heard that WFP believes that hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem.
How do you think students can use social media for social change?
In our contemporary world, social media is used for many things, including social change.
I believe it is possible to reach out to a vast number of people and gather support for social change, particularly when you are a student because we tend to have a huge network of contacts. Indeed, social media can be used as forums for discussing social change and platforms for gathering the support for causes. If you supply people with information and knowledge and show them how they can help, then you are bound to find people who choose to help.
Why are you interested in WFP and the work we do around the world?
Hunger and starvation makes it impossible for a country to be healthy and to further develop. The work and the sacrifices that WFP and its staff make around the world for countries in need is something that I highly respect because they have a huge and real impact. Without WFP, many countries around the world would suffer even greater losses (in terms of economic growth, population etc.) and never find the resources to improve/ face their crises. I believe it is our responsibility, as the world’s more privileged, to help those in need.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope that I can continue to help reduce the problems in the less developed part of the world and maybe even so that, together, we can find an end to hunger someday.
Read Pascal’s profile on the Danish website: