Christina Wanambwa – First Impressions of Working at Proboscis
December 13, 2010 by christinawanambwa
Hi! My name is Christina and I’ve been asked to write a blog about my first impressions of working here at Proboscis. I joined the team last month as an Education Assistant and will be working on various projects, but mainly on education based projects, such as our new partnership with Soho Parish Primary school. Though I’ve previously worked with children in schools, refugee and immigration centres in the past, I’ve never worked with children on creative projects that combine art with publishing, and jumped at the opportunity to do so.
The Proboscis studio is located in Central London’s Clerkenwell, surrounded by shops, cafe’s, markets, and great transport links. The studio itself is spacious, bright, colourful, and filled with eBooks, StoryCubes, and a range of different artistic pieces from previous projects, which all help to create a laid back and inspirational work environment. The people at Proboscis have also been very friendly and easy to get along with, and have helped me to feel relaxed and settled here in the studio – (it’s also worth mentioning that there is a very interesting looking fake head that sits at the back of the studio, keeping watch over all – a source of inspiration if you ask me!)
For the very short time that I’ve been working here at Proboscis, I can honestly say that I’ve already learnt a lot. From how to use different types of software, to writing and making my own eBooks, and contributing to StoryCubes, my time at Proboscis so far has definitely been productive. Working on education projects that include regular visits to schools, site visits to museums and other venues, and a self directed outreach work project, are all parts of this role that I believe with will be just as much educational as they will be enjoyable.
I’m genuinely looking forward to being involved in all aspects of work here at Proboscis, but I’m especially interested in learning as much about the field of education as possible. Working at Proboscis so far has definitely been a fun learning experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of my placement brings.