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!

Free trainings starting this Summer!

Hello fam!

Before you run off to the business of today’s post, kindly weigh in on our discussion in the spirit of the International Youth Day coming up next week on August 12. It is celebrated to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. This year, the theme will be “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters.’ However, what we really want to know is what matters most to you as a youth in Nigeria? Kindly drop us a comment describing what changes affecting youth you would like to see in Nigeria.

 

We found us a whole bunch of free trainings across Nigeria you may be interested in. Be sure to check them out below.

 

1. Take a free online course with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network here.

Find out more about the YALI Network here.

 

2. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) has a mandate to facilitate access to and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Supporting the adoption of Web 2.0 applications represents a great opportunity for meeting it.

The Bowen University in collaboration with CTA will host a 5-day Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity on 22-26 September 2014. Participants will be introduced to selected web 2.0 applications and will learn how to use them hands-on.The Learning Opportunity will cover advanced online searching, getting information served via alerts and RSS, collaborating remotely using Google Drive, Dropbox, VoIP, online mapping and social media. Participants will get a chance to see what others have done, get hands-on experience on how to use innovative applications, and assess how they could adopt these innovations within the context of their work and organisation. This Learning Opportunity forms part of CTA initiatives that support development partners in networking, accessing and disseminating information more effectively.

Programme of the Learning Opportunity

  • Web 2.0 and Social Media: concepts and principles;
  • Selective access to information via (i) advanced multilingual search options; (ii) RSS and (iii) automated alerts;
  • Content curation: Tagging and Social Bookmarking;
  • Photos for the web;
  • Remote collaboration (e.g. GoogleDrive, Dropbox);
  • Online conversations (Skype, Google Hangouts, Viber, Whatsapp);
  • Online mapping (New Google Maps);
  • Blogging (Blogger or WordPress);
  • Micro-blogging (Twitter);
  • Social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook), risks and mitigation measures;
  • Online Communities of Practice;
  • Web 2.0 and Social Media for Agri-business and marketing.

Participants – Eligibility and responsibilities

Participation in the Learning Opportunity is free of charge, but subject to acceptance by the organisers. 25 participants will be accepted for the event.

Eligibility criteria

  • be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet;
  • have regular access to a computer ( ownership of a computer is an advantage);
  • be competent in  the use of the English language;
  • have an active e-mail account;
  • be actively engaged in agriculture and rural development / natural resource management / biodiversity conservation in the domains of ICT for development (ICT4D), policies, markets; publishing, communication and media;
  • be in a position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training;
  • be a resident of Nigeria.

Responsibilities

Accepted participants will be responsible for all costs related to their travel to and from the venue at the Bowen University, their accommodation, breakfast and supper, their daily subsistence allowances, and for bringing their own WIFI-enabled laptop to the event.

Entitlements

During each event, the organisers will provide lunch and refreshments and distribute copies of CTA publications and instructional material.

Feedback

The organisers will inform successful applicants about the status of their application two weeks before the commencement of each course. Successful applicants will receive confirmation letters; others will be duly informed about the outcome of their application.

Deadline

1st September, 2014

APPLY here.

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3. The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria invites entries from Nigerian professional journalists from the print, broadcast and photography specialties to the Girls and Women Investigative Reporting Training holding at Ekiti state, Rivers state, and Abuja.
Report Women! is a collaborative project between the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE) designed to focus on major issues of access and abuse, ranging from education, to health care, to violence, and early marriage among others on girls and women. It seeks to advance the partners’ commitment to the respect for the girl child and the woman’s rights as human rights. It will use the tool of investigative journalism to focus on these issues. Investigative Reporting of girls and women training is aimed at building the media’s capacity to strategically report girls and women issues as well as mainstream girls and women into media reportage generally. Participants who are shortlisted for the training will also have the opportunity to pitch for small grants to carry out investigation and report girls and women issues based on lessons garnered from the training experience.Note:

Applicants without relevant works but with demonstrated commitment and promise may be considered.

Female journalists are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

TENTATIVE TRAINING DATES

Ekiti State: 20th – 21st August, 2014

Rivers State: 2nd – 3rd September, 2014

Abuja: 17th – 18th September, 2014

Deadline is Auguust 14, 2014.

APPLY here

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