Alex joined Challenges in January 2011 as an intern working for the contracts team. She continued to work part-time until graduating from the University of Edinburgh in May with a degree in History and Politics. Interned full-time over the summer. August became bookkeeper for the organisation and continued to assist the Contracts team with admin.
Alex likes working for Challenges as it targets small local business in developing countries to drive development rather than focusing on hand-outs or aid. What sets Challenges apart from other organisations is its use of expert professional volunteers rather than young graduates/ gap year placements. She feels that too many charities ignore local enterprise as a way of encouraging growth and instead look only at short term solutions.