Bicycles Against Poverty changes lives through rides

Elaine Lac

Since its creation, “Bicycles Against Poverty” (BAP) has provided 386 bicycles and affected the lives of over 2,000 people, weekly. BAP is an organization founded in 2008 by University student Muyambi Muyambi ’12. The organization provides bicycles to low-income workers in northern Uganda. These bicycles are a form of transportation and promote economic development. These people have access now to better markets, farms and clinics.

Currently BAP is offering various internships and opportunities for involvement to University students. These internships will take place during the school year and are an opportunity for real professional work. They are also based around BAP’s cross-country cycling trip, which is a fundraiser for the organization. A University student team and possibly one from Skidmore College will help plan the event. The internship is best suited for management majors, but it is open to anyone interested. BAP looks for proactive leaders who take initiative and show passion, motivation and work hard.

There are several positions open: two spring internships, three summer positions and three cyclist positions. The spring internships will learn how to plan campaigns, manage teams, reach out to the media and coordinate events. Spring internships are focused on planning and marketing for the cycling trip fundraiser to be held in the summer. The culmination of the internships will be planning the training for the six summer members for the summer cycling trip.

The summer interns will learn how to fundraise, put forth messages, management, organize, media pitching, communication and planning. Interns will be divided up into different areas to focus their skills, but will still likely be exposed to all parts of the process. These interns will also accompany the six cyclists who will be participating in the fundraiser. Three of these cyclists are also recruited from the University. These cyclists will learn team management and write daily blogs.

Those interested in applying for the spring positions can email their resume and a letter of interest to Molly Burke at [email protected] by tomorrow. There will be interviews conducted afterwards on Dec. 3 and 4. Those interested in summer positions can also reach out for more information, but details are yet to come.

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