Call for Volunteer Facilitators and OAPs for our IVD Campaign

Hey guys!!!
December 5 is upon us! Every year on the 5th of December, the International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated. The day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. Here at Volunteer in Nigeria, we cash in on the opportunity to laud the remarkable contribution of volunteers, while inspiring others to embrace volunteerism. Our objective is to inspire Nigerians to embrace practical servant leadership through impactful volunteerism, which is in fact beneficial to the volunteers themselves.

 

As unv.org puts it, “Volunteering is a two-way street. Volunteers gain valuable experience, expand their knowledge and enrich their lives through their actions. At a national level, volunteers use their expertise to create meaningful impact for communities and countries. At a community level, volunteering gives voice to those who are marginalized, for example women, youth and those with disabilities, and enables people to effect real change. As well, volunteering enables people to develop skills to participate in society, to integrate, to increase their employability.

 

At Volunteer in Nigeria, we have deployed more than 2,000 volunteers to work on close to 100 social impact projects in 13 states of the nation. We estimate that around 5% of our volunteers have secured jobs directly through our volunteering engagements, while some have been inspired to found their own projects/companies. Stories like Azuka’s shared below motivate us to go harder.

 

“My name is Azuka and I currently work in the Abuja branch of Nigeria Info FM, one of the leading radio stations in Nigeria.  I joined Volunteer in Nigeria in late 2014. At that point, I was fresh out of university where I studied Accounting. I hated Accounting and was confused and unsure of my future. It was a period of darkness in my life – a time when I felt my sun was setting, when in fact, it was supposed to be rising.
For me, life was never unpredictable. I had to be in control of everything, every second and every moment. I liked being predictable. Imagine how life changes from that perfect morning to a midnight in a split second. A relationship I built over the years came crashing right before my eyes. From battling depression to falling ill and almost committing suicide, my life made me question a lot of things. I was lost and thought I was going to die. Nobody could see what I was going through because I kept a happy and calm disposition (if any member of my family reads this, they would find this unbelievable).  
After battling an illness that almost took my life, I made a decision never to let my circumstances get to me. I started to be a bit outgoing, and through a friend who advised me to get busy, I got to know about Volunteer in Nigeria. I spoke to Chioma Tanwa, who needed me to volunteer with Volunteer in Nigeria at a radio station in Benin City (where I lived) on short notice. It was a media campaign project organised by Volunteer in Nigeria to commemorate the International Volunteer Day. Well I volunteered, and that 5 minutes interview changed my life forever. The following week, I got a job at that same radio station as an on-air personality. Today makes it 2 years since I took that decision to volunteer, and I am currently working with my third media organisation. I volunteered and got my life back.
Broadcasting and motivational speaking has become my passion and my life. I can’t thank God and Volunteer in Nigeria enough for helping me discover myself. I still volunteer often and I have dedicated my life to helping and sharing people’s problems. I hope my story inspires you to overcome whatever you are going through and understand that true happiness and fulfilment comes from helping others.
I am Nsonwu Azuka Oghogho, a Volunteer, Humanitarian & Media Executive, and this is my story.”

 

This year, the theme of the IVD is #GlobalApplause, and we are set to inspire many more people to volunteerism. Consequently, we are embarking on our media campaign again.
See posts on our previous editions here.

 
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
If you are interested in getting on the radio and TV to speak about this special cause, please reach out to us by following these steps below. If you know a television or radio broadcaster who can host our volunteers, or are one yourself, please reach out to us as well.

Step 1: Read the post requirements above carefully

Step 2: Make sure you are comfortable with speaking about volunteerism and inspiring others

Step 3: If you are fully available on & before December 5 and interested, kindly register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 4: Drop us a comment below this post (NOT the registration page) with your name, active phone number, active email address and state of current residence.

 

NOTE: Your comments with personal information will not be published. Please do not leave a comment if you have not registered and be sure to leave a comment on this very page with the opening announcement after you register. We close recruitment in about a week or two. Therefore, your comment needs to come in (and follow the guidelines above) before then to be considered. Thank you!

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Volunteer with Dream Nurture Foundation

Dream Nurture Foundation is organising a free summer lesson program beginning in August at Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Nigeria. They need volunteers and a program director for the six-week free program.

Date: August 1 – September 9, 2016
Classes: Basic 1 – 9

The organisation is recruiting for two roles – Free Summer Lesson Volunteer and Program Director

  1. Free Summer Lesson Volunteer

Purpose: The free summer lesson Volunteer serves as a coach and mentor to children who will be attending the project organized by The Dream Nurture Foundation. You will be supporting the mission of the organization of giving educational opportunities to despondent children.  Volunteers need to be 18 years and above. It is an unpaid volunteer position.

Location:  Market Street, Ebute Metta – popularly known as ‘the beach’

Key Responsibilities:

  • Takes part in fun activities organized for his/her class.
  • Answers questions the children in his/her group may have.
  • The volunteer is astute and able to notice changes in the children, especially those who are doing really well.
  • The volunteer supports the children in his/her group and help boost their self-confidence.
  • The volunteer gives the children opportunities to boost self-reliance and capacity building
  • The volunteer needs to be prepared for each lesson day and have a time table handy.

Reports to: Program Director or positioned representatives in times of his/her absence.

Time Commitment: 9 am – 1 pm every week day. Volunteers NEED TO choose at least 3 days a week when they will be available.

Qualifications:  SSCE School leaving certificate. You should also be friendly, reliable, and trustworthy and have good communication skills.

Support:  The Program Director/ Assistant will be available for questions and assistance. You will always receive ongoing support from the Agency.

Benefits to Volunteer:  A chance to make a difference in a child’s life whilst developing your interpersonal skills. Also, when we start recruiting employees, our volunteers are at the top of the list.  This is also an ideal opportunity for those considering having a career in development work.

Age Requirement: At least 18 years old

Dress Code: Casual (Jeans/pants and a T-shirt)

To have a great time while you volunteer, we encourage you to:

  • Dress comfortably and appropriately (Jeans and a T-shirt are comfortable)
  • Please be safe; don’t leave personal belongings unattended
  • Recognize your comfort zones and find support to challenge your boundaries
  • Get ready to teach and add value to slum kids

 

  1. Program Director

Purpose: The free summer lesson Program director serves as a coach to children and volunteers who will be attending the project organized by The Dream Nurture Foundation. You will be supporting the mission of the organization of giving educational opportunities to despondent children.

Location:  Market Street (Ebute); Oyingbo.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating volunteers and Children for the summer program.
  • Providing detailed daily and weekly report to the Executive director.
  • Take part in activities happening during the program.
  • Coming up with fun activities for the children.
  • Ensuring volunteers understand their assignments.
  • Manage volunteer database and reporting functions . Follow up with potential volunteers in a timely manner.

Qualifications and Competences

  • Ability to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to Manage volunteer and or station concerns and inquiries.
  • Ability to support, network and motivate staff, volunteers and clientele.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to organize and maintain detailed records; complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills .
  • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships .
  • Committed to the mission of serving seniors and adults with disabilities

Commitment: 8 am – 2 pm every week day. The program director is expected to resume at least an hour early to the site to make sure that everything is in place for the volunteers and the children. This is a volunteer position that comes with a monthly stipend.

Qualifications:  SSCE School leaving certificate. You should also be friendly, reliable, and trustworthy and have good communication skills.

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

Step 1: Read the post requirements above carefully, taking note of the location

Step 2: Make sure you are resident in the state where the opening exists

Step 3: If you are fully available and interested, kindly register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 4: Drop us a comment below this post (NOT the registration page) with your name, active phone number, active email address and role interested in.

 

NOTE: Your comments with personal information will not be published. Please do not leave a comment if you have not registered and be sure to leave a comment on this very page with the opening announcement after you register. We close recruitment in about a week or two. Therefore, your comment needs to come in (and follow the guidelines above) before then to be considered. Thank you!

Volunteer with NNNGO

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) needs volunteers to help out on a mobilization and sensitization community based development project from June to August 2014.

 

They require volunteers who:

·Have good proximity to or living around Egbeda, Akowonjo axis of Lagos State.

· Are available till August 2014

· Can be available for at least 5 hours in a row each day

· Can speak fluent English; other Nigerian languages desired as well

· Are energetic and have a positive attitude

· Are responsible, reliable, friendly and resourceful

·Can attend a training course

· Have previous volunteer similar experience

· Have minimum of HND or BSc

A stipend to cover transport and lunch will be provided.

 

If you’re interested in volunteering for this project, kindly register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org if you have not done so in the past; then drop us a comment* below this post with your name and phone number.

*Comments with personal information will not be published. Please do not leave a comment if you have not registered.

Remember you can submit an opportunity across Nigeria and advertise with us!

 

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For: Volunteer in Nigeria

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NIGERIANS CELEBERATE WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

On this day May 3rd 1993, at the UN conference began the celebration of the International World Press Freedom Day, an occasion to commemorate the many lives of journalists lost in the course of their profession. It also serves as a reminder to the government of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.
Every year UNESCO marks this occasion by bringing together UN officials, media professionals and press freedom agencies to assess the state of press freedom, its challenges and limitations and ways to address it. With celebrations held in over 100 countries, the world is finally looking to protect its journalist.
As Nigerian journalists join the rest of their counterparts in the world on this celebration, this year focuses on three inter-related theme: media’s importance in development; safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism. some thoughts can not help but come to mind, is the place of media as a cornerstone for sustainable development,dialogue and democracy been effective in Nigeria, Is the Nigerian press without political bias,is there integrity in our journalism and above all, is the Nigerian journalist assured of safety in the course of his profession. This and many more questions plague the mind of Nigerians on this occasion.
If freedom of expression is essential for the development of a Nation, the lack of it thereof impedes the development of that Nation. In dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
As we celebrate this day we urge the government to demonstrate more enthusiasm in ensuring the safety of journalists for until the Press is accorded their place as partakers in the development of the Nation, the sector might not know any true progress. We join the rest of the world to honor those lives lost and those who put their lives at risk to ensure good journalism. HAPPY WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY!!!

10 Characteristics Of Really Interesting People

Having met a few thousand Nigerians, and tens of expatriates while networking, working in groups and several interaction platforms. I have noticed certain qualities of interesting people and what makes them fun to be with, lively, charming and lovable.

Interesting people are those that are happier, healthier, more positive. They readily have Social, Physical and cognitive resources that make them lovable, charming and fun to be around.

Here’s what I would call 10 characteristics of really interesting people:

1. Adventurous; The world outside to them is always 3D, coloured, and a path to be discovered.

2. Generous; they share what they discover.

3. Active; Even the slowest progress is progress forward, they don’t stop learning or growing.

4. Strange; Shine a spotlight on your weirdness. Get it insured. One word: SPONTANEOUS.

5. Caring; If you don’t care about anything, nobody’s going to give a damn about you. They are always showing empathy.

6. Humble; they minimise the swagger. Egos get in the way of ideas and learning.

7. Daring; Try and fail, and try a few more times. They are never quitters.

8. Original; Hop off the bandwagon. They don’t follow the crowd, they do it their own way.

9. Brave; Grow a pair, they JUST DO IT. You need to be ballsy to get it done. Ladies, yours need to be massive.

10. Self-Assured; they don’t get down by lazy remarks or compliments. Boo to those who say, ‘Sit down. Behave yourself’. ‘Keep your head down’. They always trust their abilities.

Are you interesting? Or want to be more interesting. Take a quick snap and give this a try. I didn’t include smiling, why? Because I believe if you have all this characteristics, a SMILE won’t leave your face.

Think there’s any I’ve missed out or didn’t add? Share them with Me on twitter @Heraclesayo or post a comment.

Samuel Akinlotan is a budding Human resources consultant/Trainer

ATTENTION: Abuja Corps members!

Infostrategy Technology Ltd is an ICT firm incorporated in Nigeria under the companies & Allied matters act of 1990 (as ammended). Founded in 2000 and reconstituted in 2002 with a burning passion to transform the technological terrain of Nigeria and indeed Africa by delivering value to its clients through innovative and effective leverage of cutting-edge information technology solutions.

Infostrategy Technology Ltd is currently seeking CORPS MEMBERS for engagement to fill positions as graphic designer, hardware/network support, copywriter, programmers, business analysts and marketers.

Job Title: Corper – NYSC

Location: Abuja

Requirements:
Dynamic, creative and result oriented individuals looking to add value and also gain self development.

Application Closing Date
4th February, 2014

Method Of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs to: recruit@istnigeria.com stating ‘corper’ and position applied for. Eg CORPER PROGRAMMER. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Source: hotnigerianjobs.com

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Apply to the VSO-ICS volunteering programme

Charlotte & I on our way from school

Charlotte & I on our way from school

Of the 365 days allocated to me this year, I spent 85 in Oke-Ero Local Government in Kwara State as a volunteer with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

I spent the night of Christmas Eve discussing the evils of the society with my grandmother. In particular, we discussed a friend of my dad who had recently been murdered on account of money (the story is definitely more complicated). Money and the desire for it pushes people to carry out such despicable acts. However, in the face of all these, we have people who while they desire to make money and be prosperous, have not allowed themselves become slaves to it. They are people who volunteer for little or no money at all.

This post is supposed to be about my experience as a VSO volunteer but please before I continue allow me to celebrate my ICS colleagues and more importantly every other volunteer out there. The world is a better place because of your efforts. Twale!

I’ve always known about VSO but if not for the Volunteer in Nigeria post about the ICS programme, I may have missed this opportunity. VSO-ICS Youth Volunteering Programme is a youth-centred community development programme, conducted in partnership between International Citizen Service (ICS), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and their implementing partners. The three-month programme brings together young people (aged 18-25) from the UK and Nigeria. Each team will typically consist of 20 young people, with equal numbers coming from the UK and the host country. In carefully selected communities, volunteers work in placements fully supported by their implementing partner organisations and two full time VSO/ICS programme supervisors. Together, in cross-cultural counterpart pairs, volunteers live with host families and work in the host communities. The type of work varies depending upon the needs of the community, but can include service delivery, advocacy work, and peer-to-peer education programmes.

I sent my application, was invited for an interview and subsequently selected to be on that cycle of the ICS programme. We went through intensive training. In fact, at some point it became quite ‘belabourous’ for me- but it was needed to get everyone to understand and be able to function properly. The training involved understanding the organisations we would be working with, the work we would be doing and more.

There were 2 teams, one was assigned to Lafia in Nassarrawa State and the other (mine) to Oke-Ero in Kwara State. My team was to work on improving the standard of education in schools that had been identified by the partner organisation (Olive Community Development Initiative) as places that really needed help. A pair of volunteers were assigned to each school.

There was no one-size-fits-all formula we had been given to use for the schools. We had to visit the schools and work out a custom made solution for the problems of the school. My school was a Nomadic School. My partner and I worked out a plan that would help the school, students, teachers, parents and the community.

A typical week would consist of training illiterate parents on ways by which they could help improve their child’s level of education, training teachers on ICT and different teaching methods, speaking with some parents in the Fulani settlement to send their kids to school, one-on-one sessions with the kids who were doing poorly in schoolwork and extra-curricular activities for the kids such as games, experiments, clubs etc.

At some point I began to feel I was not doing enough to help improve the standard of education in that school but at the end of the programme I saw a marked difference and improvement in ALL of the kids and that was such a high for me. Kids who didn’t even know all the letters of the alphabet had as a result of our work moved to the stage where they knew 2/3 letter words, their confidence had greatly improved, the teachers had adopted one of the methods of teaching we showed them and generally the kids became happier kids.

Asides work in my school, the whole team carried out joint projects like renovating a school, building a makeshift bridge, sports day, HIV/AIDS awareness campaign& testing, and breast & cervical cancer awareness talks. Other pairs assigned to other placements (10 in all) recorded success stories in many areas too.

I faced some challenges which were downright frustrating then but with all I was able to achieve, they are all negligible now. The main challenge was that of being a victim of ‘racism’ in my own country. My team was made up of 10 Nigerian and 10 UK volunteers. Being treated by my own people as a lesser human being than the white person was infuriating and a big turn off.

After it’s all been said and done, if I had a chance do this again I would do it maybe with a few modifications though. I did not just add to some people’s lives, I have become a better person as well. 85 days living in a village was definitely one of the highlights and high points of my year.

To apply for the next cycle of the ICS programme, download the form here. Completed forms should be submitted to the VSO-ICS Team at No 14B Banjul street, off Monrovia street, Wuse 2, Abuja OR by email to kingsley.udo@vsoint.org. Deadline is January 2, 2014 (4:30pm).

Simi Olusola

 

Admin’s note___

Have you experienced racism in your own country from your own people? What was it really like? The #JusticeForAlice  story has prompted us to ask these questions. Please leave comments.

 

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A thrill of hope

The weary heart rejoices

For yonder brings

A new and cloudless morn

Fall on your knees

Oh ye with angel’s voices

Oh night divine

When Christ was born

And as many as received Him to them He gave power to become the sons of God. John 1:12

Merry Christmas!!!