UCC Works Skills Centre Ambassadors
UCC Works Award Programme 2017-2018
The focus of all of our volunteer placements is two-fold:
1) The placement geared towards using your skills to assist our staff in Uganda to build upon the great work that is already in place. Although it is impossible to change the World in just a few weeks, the work that you take part in, can have a long lived and sustainable impact on our projects in Uganda, both whilst you are there and long after you have returned home. It is through these small steps over 10 years that Nurture Africa now positively affects tens of thousands of lives.
2) An equally important aspect of the placement is for all participants to engage in a process of increased awareness and understanding of Global challenges. We will structure this learning through activities prior to departure, during your placement in Uganda, and upon returning home. We believe strongly that our volunteers have the opportunity to be a voice of truth for the people in the Global south, and can help to challenge pre-conceptions within Irish society.
We encourage realistic goals from all our volunteers from the outset in relation to what can be achieved in short term volunteering. For Nurture Africa, the volunteer placement is as much about our volunteers learning, as it is about sharing your invaluable energy, enthusiasm and skills within the communities in which we work in Uganda
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Your work in Uganda will be focused upon a broad range of activities and will include: Community First Aid Workshop (Volunteers will facilitate workshops which are provided to school children/staff, with the goal of enabling individuals to act promptly and correctly should any given accidents occur in their home or school). Building Project (No building experience is necessary for this aspect of the placement! Nurture Africa focus upon building a structure that will benefit the community in which we work. In recent placements, structures such as a community library and youth resource centre have been built by volunteers, with the direction of local builders); Community Home Visits (Providing volunteers with the opportunity to work with our Community Workers by going on Home Visits to families of those who are on the HIV Healthcare Project. Our Community Workers will visit these families on a timetabled basis to ensure that guardians and children are adhering to their drugs and that nutrition, primary healthcare and living conditions are remaining at a required standard in order for the families health status to improve. Community Sustainable Livelihood Visit (Nurture Africa does not believe in hand-outs. Instead we teach our clients to help themselves. Guardians of the children from our HIV Community and Education Enablement Projects are given training on how to start or develop an income generating activity, for example, selling charcoal or coffee. The guardian is also given a micro finance loan in order to make their family self- sufficient and better able to support the vulnerable or HIV infected child. By doing so, the family can break the poverty cycle. All volunteers have the opportunity to visit businesses that have been set up as a result of sustainable livelihoods). Educational Talks (All volunteers are invited to sessions from individuals such as the District Health Officer, District Education Officer, Heads of Nurture Africa departments. These interactive Q&A sessions are used to give volunteers are better understanding of the situation on the ground in our areas of operation, and will allow volunteers to learn about more of the successes and challenges of development work and gain a greater knowledge of the areas of intervention that Nurture Africa focuses upon). Library Literacy and Playground Sessions (In 2014 literacy services were provided to over 8000 children in Wakiso and Mubende Districts. Nurture Africa's libraries are partnered with 30 Primary schools in Uganda. These schools are extremely under-resourced. By utilising the library services, the children have the opportunity to access age appropriate reading material and therefore improve their English comprehension and literacy levels. After receiving training, all volunteers work in pairs or individually to facilitate a reading session with a class either in their own school or at a Nurture Africa Library). For more info call 015424178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of time commitment needed for role:
3 weeks in June July or August
Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Colm Ashe
Address: Nurture Africa, 54 Pembroke Road
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