Joelle Ireland

Joelle Ireland

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Global Internship in Mumbai


Kia ora! My name is Joelle Ireland, I’m nineteen years old, and I am Auckland born and raised. At the moment, I have just completed my first year at the University of Auckland, pursuing a BA/BC conjoint degree. My majors are Communication in Social Change and Drama, which is definitely a unique combination (I haven’t met anyone else doing this yet), but I am loving every minute of it so far. 

I applied for this programme in Mumbai initially on a whim. I figured I would just give it a go, not expecting anything, so you can imagine my surprise when I was accepted. The further through the process I got, the more excited I was to apply my studies to real life in a place that is far outside my comfort zone. 

I have been placed with GAURAV, which promotes health and safe sex practices, especially within LGBT+ communities. I will be able to apply my study of social change and drama in a way that helps people and disseminates important information in a digestible way while building my communication skills.

I am most looking forward to experiencing a new culture and learning about the differences between Aotearoa and Mumbai, especially in the work I will be doing. I can’t wait to update you during my time in Mumbai 🙂

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