Create the window through which the world sees Freeset
Posted by: commsdesign
Jun 12, 2015
Rebecca grew up on a dairy farm in Waikato, New Zealand, and has been at Freeset since January 2014.
How long have you been in the role?
I initially only came out for one year. However towards the end of that year, I decided that one year was not enough and so I am now mid-way through my second year.
What previous experience did you have?
I studied Graphic Design at Bay of Plenty Polytech and then worked as a graphic designer for five years before coming to Freeset.
What were you most worried about before you left NZ?
It might sound silly, but I heard so many stories about how spicy the food was that I worried about how I would cope. I am not a huge fan of spicy food. Actually it's not as spicy as I imagined and you can get a huge variety of food, so it hasn't been a problem at all.
Do you feel you have grown professionally and personally? Have you learned new skills and expanded your existing ones?
I have definitely grown professionally. I've had the chance to work on a few different projects, eg print design, photography and social media. At times it has been quite challenging but really enjoyable.
Where do you live and how do you get to work?
I live in a girls' apartment with other short-term volunteers from Freeset - there are currently four of us. It’s only 5 minutes down the road from Freeset, so it's easy to just walk to work each day.
What is living within the Freeset community like?
The women who work at Freeset are all very friendly and welcoming. I always enjoy going out to visit the women in their homes. They are so hospitable and generous and it's great to build relationships with them outside of work.
How have you afforded to come as a volunteer?
I came out with the support of an organization who helped me fund-raise with friends and family to cover my living costs. They also provide other support and encouragement which has been very helpful.
Do you feel your work has made a difference?
It is extremely satisfying to be able to answer yes to this question. Without my position, Freeset wouldn't have good promotional material to advertise and sell their products. My role creates a window for others to look into and see who Freeset is and what we do.
Unfortunately, Rebecca is leaving us at the end of the year, so the hunt is on for her replacement, could this be you? Check out the job description below.
The Communications Designer creates the window through which the world sees Freeset. From product catalogs to brochures and posters we need someone with creative flair and on-the-job design experience to help us communicate who Freeset is and what we offer. You will work as part of a cross-cultural team creating content for customers all around the world.
Volunteer sought - minimum 1 year commitment required (from November 2015)
Download job description (PDF - 250K) [updated November 20, 2014]
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