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!

Young, smart, creative and media-savvy? Come work with us!

Yeop! By now you know we recruit volunteers for our partner organisations, but Volunteer in Nigeria in itself is WORK!

WORK! WORK! WORK! WORK! WORK!

We need service-oriented, young and bright people to join us on this journey of DOING great things.

The idea behind Volunteer in Nigeria is to connect organisations to service-oriented individuals who can take responsibility and produce success on tasks. We want these individuals to love community, have burning passion for the Nigerian society, and be crazy about social impact. We are raising leaders from today for today and tomorrow. These are people who are keen on rolling up their sleeves and making invaluable contributions for the love of it. You see – you cannot buy this breed of humans from the market. And these people do not become leaders by just talking and DOING nothing. They lead by DOING/SERVING.

Souls are perishing. Yass! That’s the way to say it. Nigeria is in dire straits – that is literally a code-red, attention situation. There is so much to do for our fellow brothers and sisters. So, we cannot be afraid and running away from DOING the WORK. BTW, there are all kinds of work to do. Everybody can get involved. So, the work we do at Volunteer in Nigeria is it!

 

WHO DO WE SEEK?

Thought you would never ask!

So, Volunteer in Nigeria seeks media and partnership associates, a graphic artist, and an events person, who will have the fun option of choosing their job titles. These are volunteer roles. All will involve a lot of communicating and nurturing relationships. Work will be mostly virtually done and give you the chance to take active responsibility in your profession. There will be physical meetings sometimes. You will work as a team but also produce bright ideas that can be quickly put to work. It is critical to have good knowledge of Web 2.0 and how to use tech tools to do things simply.

Here are some things to note for each role.

Media/Partnership Associate I – Digital

This person is a social media-savvy development professional who knows about non-profit activities in Nigeria. You are an excellent writer who knows where to find what and who is needed on social media and other digital and web platforms. You can create compelling content and birth features.

Media/Partnership Associate II – Print/Electronic

This person is a web-savvy journalist and compelling story teller cum curator cum copywriter. You can create content and birth features. You have good knowledge of print and electronic media outlets.

Events Associate

This person is literally master or madam poise and etiquette. He/She can communicate effectively, can train others to act in a courteous manner, and can maintain great relationships. You should also understand how events work and be good with planning and organising them.

Consultant Graphic Artist

You are already a creative graphic artist, can generate fantastic ideas, can make picture and video work everyone loves, and just so willing to support our ministry.

 

ARE YOU A GOOD FIT?

To join the team at Volunteer in Nigeria, you need to:

  • Be a doer, be smart and be someone who is keen on reading and learning
  • Be young and very energetic
  • Check your heart and be sure it beats for humanity
  • Check with your vision and aspirations. Is this what you really want to be part of for life?
  • Be available 24/7 on Whatsapp and email
  • Have a laptop
  • Be resident in Lagos, Nigeria, possess a global mindset and national passion
  • Be available for team meet-ups on weekends or non-workdays
  • Speak fluently and write flawless English (any other language is advantageous)

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED?

Yes? We are glad! Leave us a comment below expressing your interest, telling us what you do currently, and including your active email. You know we sure need to know what role you want right? No tales or boring stories, but remember we do not know you so what you say will help us discover you. If we think this will be good for you, we will send you an email within two weeks. We will meet and chat.

No, you are not interested? Tell everyone you know. Thanks!

 

Let’s do this.

Come volunteer for Lagos Comic Con and KID-Con!

Lagos Comic Con is a creative convention that focuses on showcasing the creative industry that is booming in Nigeria! Volunteers are needed to support this initiative. Some of the volunteers will work with KID-Con, which is the kid version of the convention. They will participate in a ‘Tomorrowland in Africa’ event that will be screening, and a creative competition between secondary school students. They will need to engage with the participants, make sure students are accounted for, etc.

Another set of volunteers will act as support during registration, to answer questions from people who may need directions or to presenters who need information. Another set of volunteers will help with social media, engage participants in photographs and/or interviews.

Volunteers can expect to gain experience, network, and be inspired by activities in the creative industry in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.

The event takes place on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. There will be training for volunteers selected on September 3, 2016.

We are looking for volunteers who are:

-Energetic
-Creative
-Friendly
-Enjoy meeting new people
Volunteers will receive lunch and refreshments as well as t-shirts and certificates.

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST

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.

 

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 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 at upcoming A4AI-Nigeria coalition meeting

The next meeting of the A4AI-Nigeria coalition is coming up on Monday, July 4th in Lagos.

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) is a broad coalition working to enable everyone, everywhere to access the life-changing power of the Internet. The 1st A4AI Nigerian Multi-stakeholder Forum took place on March 11, 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria. The Forum established a Nigerian multi- stakeholder coalition that will contribute towards the government policy to bring affordable Internet access to all Nigerians.

 

Volunteers are needed for the forum, holding in Victoria Island, Lagos, on July 4. They will be involved in managing the registration table and other logistical items. Student volunteers who are interested in ICT policy, technology, access to information, and related areas, are preferred. Volunteers must be resident in Lagos and available for the whole day on Monday, July 4.

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

Step 1: Register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 2: Drop us a comment below this post with your name, active phone number, role interested in, and active email address.

(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)

Latest openings at UR4Africa

Hey fam!

UR4Africa is recruiting volunteers for a number of projects this year. Details follow.

1st Public Art Nigeria April-May 6 sessions

Climate Change in Africa project

Partners: Recycle Points, Wecyclers, Terra Kulture

Students will work with partners to develop a theatre production about Climate Change in Nigeria.

We are looking for mentors who are creative and are available on Saturdays from 10am-5pm. They will need to participate in a training session about Youth Engagement and Child Abuse. They will receive a certificate after completing at least 3 sessions working with the youths in our program. The program will kick off from Ikeja.

Our Saturday programs run on Saturdays from 10am-5pm.

Reading with Parents program:

This program was organized for some of our students whose parents do not know how to read the English language. This program is set up for the year.

This opportunity will be offered once or twice a week for our parents and will be organized based on volunteers availability. Volunteers will be trained on how to teach reading effectively and the program will start in April; running from our Ikeja location.
All mentors/volunteers will need to learn our philosophy when engaging with our youth and adults participating in our programs – a training series is being organized for all new and old mentors. We are facilitating the first of these workshops/trainings on Saturday March 5th starting at 10am. If they should decide to stay on as a mentor after the project is already finished we would be very happy to have them.

Requirements from the mentors are:

– To be on time

– Be a team player

– Be enthusiastic about mentoring and volunteering

– Be flexible

– Be patient

– Challenge participants to think creatively and differently

– Be present (no phones while volunteering with our organization)

– Be positive and passionate

– Be cheerful

 

Volunteers who have technology skills and are creative are preferred.

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

Step 1: Register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 2: Drop us a comment below this post with your name, active phone number, role interested in, and active email address.

(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 page after you register)

NEW OPENINGS!!!

The UR4Africa program in November and December focuses on Tech & Health and it is in partnership with tech companies in Lagos. Kids would be taught how to make apps that will teach people about health topics and awareness around diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Typhoid, Obesity, Cholera, etc. The program begins November 7th and ends December 19th.

 

We have two programs:

1) Fridays from 2pm-5pm

2) Saturdays from 11am-4pm

 

Volunteers mentors are needed for these projects. Volunteer mentors will be required to attend training workshops October 24th and October 31st. Trainings will most likely be from 10am to 2pm.

 

Requirements from the mentors are:

– To be on time

– Be a team player

– Be enthusiastic about mentoring

– Be flexible

– Be patient

– Challenge the kids

– Be present while mentoring

-Currently in Lagos and for the duration of the program

Volunteer mentors who have some experience using a computer or with technology and are creative are especially welcome.

 

HOW TO INDICATE INTEREST TO VOLUNTEER

Step 1: Register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 2: Drop us a comment below this post (NOT THE REGISTRATION PAGE) with your name and active phone number and email address.

(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 page after you register)

 

From the Admin/Communications Team
For: Volunteer in Nigeria

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