Why the third half?

February 23, 2017

Meet the third half interns!

We’re very lucky to have a diverse team of passionate, multinational interns helping us get off the ground. In this edition of the third half blog, Alex, Soraya and Kélaia and tell us why they chose to get involved.

Alejandra – Madrid, Spain

Alex 1Six years ago, a teacher from University asked me: who are you? At the time I didn’t know the answer, as I had never thought of it. I was doing what I thought was expected of me.

A friend of my mum told her that I should meet his son. He explained to me his history, he told me all the advantages about doing a PhD. He said, “You are going to travel, you are going to meet people from different places, you are going to challenge yourself and to study something that you should love” and then he asked, “What would you like the most?”

I am a coffee lover, but if I had to be honest, I’d say that I love football, also I love to help people because that fulfills me. I like giving something back to people, something that I have and others don’t. So, he says “You know it already. It is a good start”.

Fast forward a couple years, I celebrated my 26th birthday in 2016 and I made a promise to myself. This year is going to be the year that I work doing what I want. I want to help people, I would love to do it through football, I would love to keep traveling and to be surrounded by better people, because “better people make better people”.

The next day, I went to a conference only because an amazing person told me “you have to come to the World Football Summit”. Thank you Jose.

I looked into the eyes of the CEO of the third half, with whom I shared my career aspirations. He looked at me and said “We should meet next week” and we did, and you know the rest of the story.

His company, his team, his values, his mission, his inspiration are just what I have been looking for since that teacher asked that question: “Who are you?”

Now, it just time to work hard and play harder.

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Soraya- St. James, Barbados

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Soccer or Football as it is called in my native Barbados, has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  My involvement in soccer provided many opportunities to travel internationally from a young age. I’ve played in many Caribbean islands, England, and in states all over the United States of America.  In addition, soccer provided the opportunity for me to earn my Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University through a scholarship, making me the first in my family to do so.

When I look back on all the amazing experiences I’ve had, it’s hard to imagine what my life would have been like without soccer. Along the way, I’ve met amazing people. Some of who have assisted in making many of my opportunities possible. They have greatly influenced my desire to change the lives of under privileged children through the use of soccer.  My goal is to start my own sport based nonprofit in Barbados focusing on developing underprivileged youth holistically through sporting activities.


When I came across the third half, it seemed that all of my passions had finally aligned. My love of soccer, travel and my dream of changing the lives of those around me. I knew an internship with the third half would allow me to develop my business skills while also pursuing my passions. I am excited to help others play soccer, travel and change the world on our programs!


Kélaia – Geneva, Switzerland

Kélaia 1What really captivates me about interning at the third half is its belief in the power of football to unite people from different countries. Football is much more than a simple game, it brings values such as fair play, respect and discipline to the lives of each player. Through sport, social change and personal growth are possible.

Currently, I am completing a bachelor’s degree in tourism management, it was really meaningful for me to be a part of an organization that not only provides leisure travel, but more than anything else, an experience with a sustainable social impact, in other terms travel for good.

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Thanks to such a journey, it gives the opportunity for travelers and locals to learn from each other and exchange about their culture. In that way, I was drawn in the third half because it provides a cultural, educational and football experience.