UL Buddy Programme Autumn 2018
International Education Division, UL
Requirements:Submit an application form, attend an interview, submit a garda vetting and attend 2 pre-departure training sessions
Our volunteer programme is open to students of all backgrounds!
Our structured and varied timetable ensures that volunteers will have the opportunity to partake in a wide variety of community based initiatives. Our ethos is that the focus of short- term volunteering is on the learning of the volunteer, thus our programme is des igned to leave a lasting impression!
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
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 Visitsto 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 with the 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 2015 literacy services were provided to over 8000 children in Wakiso and Mubende Districts. Nurture Africa’s 3 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
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Monday - Friday for 3 weeks in June, July or August
Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
Submit an application form online through our website and we will contact you to schedule an interview time and date
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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