Looking for an exciting and meaningful volunteering experience? Share your computer skills and support villages in Northern Sierra Leone!
This programme is in response to a crucial need on the ground to equip our local staff with the computer and data skills vital to their work. You will work closely with the Street Child of Sierra Leone programmes team to provide a responsive and impactful training programme. During this programme, you will travel as a team of volunteers to our rural stations across Sierra Leone, exploring the country and experiencing first-hand Street Child’s remarkable impact across the country.
KEY FEATURES OF THE PROGRAMME:
● Designing a training scheme in response to the need on the ground
● Providing individual ad hoc drop-in sessions and group training sessions on basic computer and/or data skills
● Generally contributing to the Street Child of Sierra Leone data inputting systems
● Travelling across Sierra Leone to the different regional Street Child stations
● Getting in the thick of local community life by staying in guesthouses, trying local food and exploring the landscape
● And of course exploring the untouched white sandy beaches of Sierra Leone at the end if you choose to include the Beach Extension!
Day 1 - arrive in Freetown
Day 2 - Orientation/ project visits with our partner organisation, We Yone Child Foundation
Days 3 + 4 - Computer skills workshops
Day 5 - Travel to Port Loko
Day 6 - Computer skills workshops
Day 7 - Travel to Makeni
Day 8 - Computer skills workshops
Day 9 - Computer workshops + project visits
Day 10 - Travel to Lungi airport or Tokeh beach for beach extension
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the development sector through an immersive experience, and to make a lasting contribution to an organisation that supports education for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Taking part in this volunteer programme will develop core competencies of your team, strengthen internal networks and showcase your company’s values in action. This will also give more junior staff the opportunity to develop leadership, management and interpersonal skills in a truly unique environment, outside of their comfort zone.
Street Child's aim is to create educational opportunities for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We began our work in 2008 in Sierra Leone working with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 120,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. In 2017 we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted
by conflict in the North East of the country. Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Our research indicates that there are around 50,000 children relying upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival. During the Ebola crisis, Street Child supported close to 18 500 orphans with humanitarian aid and rehoming support. By empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school – and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there – Street Child is one of the most impactful charities working in the region today.
● Basic knowledge of computers and/or data inputting
● Culturally responsive and highly respectful
● Excellent communication skills
● Keen interest in understanding and contributing to humanitarian work
● Very flexible and willing to adapt to the situation on the ground
● Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct
● Independent and capable of proactive work plan management with minimal support
We would like to emphasise that this programme demands that all volunteers are sensitive to the context in which they will be working, and to remain highly respectful, at all times to Street Child’s staff, partners and beneficiaries.
The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in austere conditions when required, and to travel independently to urban, rural and remote project sites. The applicant must be able to manage his or her work plan and report regularly to the team on progress, and will be considered a valued member of the team.
A fundraising commitment will be required of the successful applicant, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK staff. Flights and food are at the applicant’s own expense. Accommodation will be provided by Street Child at a fixed cost, and will require sharing rooms with another volunteer of any gender. A detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for interview.
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