UL Buddy Programme Autumn 2018
International Education Division, UL
VMM are committed to supporting local community organisations in Africa, sending short term volunteers to support long-term, sustainable development projects.
VMM work with several organisations who support healthcare, educational, agricultural and community development projects across a number of rural villages and communities. Volunteers are needed to work within the community and will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the organisation's work by assisting and visiting a variety of projects in the area. These include a childcare centre where volunteers will assist teachers, activities such as youth projects, training students on the use of technology and IT, gender issues and youth empowerment projects and so much more.
The more information you provide on your application form the better as VMM match you to a placement where your skills will benefit the organisation the most.
This unique placement gives students the chance to explore how development works across a number of extremely worthwhile and beneficial projects, and gives the volunteer the opportunity to immerse themselves into local communities.
Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with weekends off and generally volunteers start at 8am and finish at 4pm, however this can vary. Placements can be from four weeks to six months and the programmes run all year round.
For a four week placement we would ask each volunteer to raise €1,800. This will cover accommodation, meals, insurance, in-country transport, training & debriefing and 24hour support and a contibution to VMM projects.Flights, visas and vaccinations are an additional cost. Don't let the fundraising put you off as you will be genuinely surprised at how many will want to help you and we have never had a volunteer miss their target.
Apply through studentvolunteer.ie and we will then send you an application form. Once your application is approved we will hold an interview with you. Upon approval you can then begin your fundraising efforts.
Check out our short term volunteer brochure for more information on options available to you.
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
VMM carry out a 2 day training for all volunteers prior to departure which allows the volunteer to learn about a variety of things related to development and their placement, including health & security, cultual adaptations, money matters, perceptions of development, and so on.
VMM also hold a 1 day debriefing day upon return to allow all volunteers to talk about their experiences and the impact it has on their outlook on life.
Skills required for this role:
Provide as much information on your skills, experiences and/or qualifications as possible, as we match those to the needs of the organisation.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with weekends off. Generally volunteers start at 8am and finish at 4pm however this can vary. Placements can be between 2 weeks and 3 months, with start dates throughout the year. Volunteers will have 2 days free to carry out additional activities that they desire.
Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
VMM will send all applicants an application form to fill out via email, and this will be followed by an informal interview via Skype or phone. Prior to departure, VMM require a Garda vetting and Medical Form to be completed by volunteers. Fill out an application form here: http://www.vmminternational.org/volunteer/short-term-volunteers/apply-for-short-term-posts/
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Fiona Duignan
Address: VMM International, 68 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1
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