Volunteer to be a Trainer with SOS Foundation

The Skills Outside School Foundation is a registered not-for-profit in Nigeria (IT73040) and the UK (09365183) providing employability skills training, career mentoring and development, education building services and scholarship opportunities to disadvantaged youth at secondary and tertiary level in Nigeria.

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Volunteer Trainer (Headstart)

 

PRIMARY DUTIES OF VOLUNTEER TRAINER

 

  1. Selection of the Participants
  2. Coordinating the 7 skills workshops for the participants
  3. Coordinating the career development journey of the participants
  4. Writing a progress report which must be submitted to the Program Officer
  5. Administering the robust skills workshops and career and education workshop evaluation framework
  6. Managing the Applications process for external opportunities for the students
  7. Facilitating the Business challenge workshop

SECONDARY DUTIES OF VOLUNTEER TRAINER

  1. The design of the skills workshops – the selection of the techniques to achieve the goals and the steering of group processes
  2. Understanding the participants and the workshop content prior to planning the workshop
  3. Following a step‐by‐step process to clarify assumptions and focus the workshops on the specific objectives of the sessions
  4. Making adjustments to the workshop design—structure and learning activities—as needed for the situation
  5. Sharing first‐hand practical experiences with the participants to extend their learning and understanding
  6. Leading follow‐up and evaluation of the learning, collecting feedback on the event and tracking learning, during and after the workshop
  7. Providing additional examples of concepts and case studies to guide and support participants’ learning

 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Program Manager (Headstart)

TIME COMMITMENT OF VOLUNTEER POSITION:

  1. 8 HOURS A WEEK (MINIMUM)
  2. 12 HOURS A WEEK (MAXIMUM)
  3. SATURDAYS ONLY, REQUIRED BETWEEN 9.00AM-5.00PM (FULL DAY)
  4. EVERY WEEK FOR THREE-FOUR WEEKS

LOCATION(S) FOR THE VOLUNTEER POSITION

ABUJA

ASSIGNMENT

Trainers will be assigned to schools based on proximity to the location and days of preference

SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Presentation – communicating ideas, using visual and other aids, giving feedback, listing skills
  2. Facilitation – managing activities, eliciting contributions and learning, creative and innovative thinker, ability to create an atmosphere of confidence among participants.
  3. One-to-one – coaching, counseling, mentoring, advising, assessing
  4. Consultancy – investigating, advising, evaluating
  5. Design – designing activities, e-literate, knowledge of group development, including the ability to sense a group’s mood and change methods or adjust the program on the spot.
  6. Interpersonal – building relationships, ability to handle conflict, trust in other people and their capacities, respect for the opinions of others, does not impose ideas on others, adaptable.
  7. Assertiveness – confidence, challenging and supporting.
  8. Expertise and Interest – knowledgeable, insightful, up to date, enthusiastic about being a trainer.

OTHER ABILITIES

  1. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  2. Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs)

QUALIFICATION

  1. A university degree in any field
  2. Previous experience in training or facilitating workshops, sessions etc. This could be part time, as an intern, as a volunteer or full time.

 

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.

 

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!

New Opening at Root2Fruit Foundation

Root2Fruit Foundation is an NGO focused on positively impacting the education sector in Northern Nigeria. We provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and also fund programs that provide skills training in secondary schools. We are seeking a volunteer who can act as an administration/communication officer on a part time basis. Office space will be provided and certain expenses will be covered. The position is based in Wuse 2, Abuja.

 

The volunteer will be involved in administration and communication tasks such as:
• Preparing scholarship documentation and updating student records
• Making filings at Corporate Affairs Commission
• Registering and communicating with potential partner organisations
• Taking minutes during team meetings
• Liaising with website developers to provide content for website
• Conducting relevant research and proposing fundraising ideas
• Responding to enquiries by email or telephone
• Creating and updating social media accounts

 

The candidate should reside in Abuja and be willing to attend meetings with Foundation members. The candidate should be interested in the education sector and be willing to contribute ideas on achieving the group’s goals. The candidate should be computer literate and comfortable with using Microsoft Office programs. The candidate should be familiar with how to use different social media platforms. The candidate should be well organised and willing to show initiative in performing their duties. We expect that some aspects of the work can be done online or over the phone at the volunteer’s convenience. The assignment will be on an ongoing basis but for at least a year to begin with.

 

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)

Volunteer Trainers at SOS Foundation

The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation registered in Nigeria and the UK. They require volunteers for the bridge project. The Bridge Project is a free employability skill building and career mentoring scheme for bright, disadvantaged and motivated senior secondary school one and two students in Government Secondary Schools in Nigeria. 80 students in total are currently enrolled in the project. The project is deployed as an after-school activity currently in three partner schools and includes skills workshops, career mentoring sessions and competitions.

Start date: January 2016

Duties of volunteers

    1. Selection of the Participants using the provided set criteria for evaluation
    2. Coordinating the 5 skills workshops for 20 participants
    3. Coordinating the mentoring sessions with the participants and writing up a progress report which must be submitted to the Project Coordinator
    4. Administering the robust skills workshops and mentoring sessions evaluation framework
    5. Aiding the students brainstorming session for the Inter-School Competition
    6. Managing the Applications process for external opportunities for the students
    7. Supervising Monitoring and Evaluation post project end

Other duties:

  1. The design of the 5 skills workshops – the selection of the techniques to achieve the goals and the steering of group processes.
  2. Understanding the participants and the workshop content prior to planning the workshop.
  3. Following a step‐by‐step process to clarify assumptions and focus the workshops on the specific objectives of the sessions.
  4. Making adjustments to the workshop design—structure and learning activities—as needed for the situation.
  5. Sharing first‐hand practical experiences with the participants to extend their learning and understanding.
  6. Leading follow‐up and evaluation of the learning, collecting feedback on the event and tracking learning, during and after the workshop.
  7. Providing additional examples of concepts and case studies to guide and support participants’ learning.
  8. Attending the Career Mentoring Open Day and acting as an usher for the event

Qualifications

  1. A university degree in any field.
  2. Previous experience in training or facilitating workshops, events, sessions etc. (this could be part time, as an intern, as a volunteer or full time role).

Skills Requirement

  1. Presentation – communicating ideas, using visual and other aids, giving feedback, listing skills
  2. Facilitation – managing activities, eliciting contributions and learning, creative and innovative thinker, ability to create an atmosphere of confidence among participants.
  3. One-to-one – coaching, counselling, mentoring, advising, assessing.
  4. Consultancy – investigating, advising, evaluating.
  5. Design – designing activities, e-literate, knowledge of group development, including the ability to sense a group’s mood and change methods or adjust the program on the spot.
  6. Interpersonal – building relationships, ability to handle conflict, trust in other people and their capacities, respect for the opinions of others, does not impose ideas on others, adaptable.
  7. Assertiveness – confidence, challenging and supporting.
  8. Expertise and Interest – knowledgeable, insightful, up to date, enthusiastic about being a trainer.
  9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  10. Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs).

 

Time Commitment: 4 HOURS A WEEK (MINIMUM), 8-10 HOURS A WEEK (MAXIMUM); REQUIRED BETWEEN 1.30-4.30PM ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS

Remuneration/Salary: NONE BUT STIPENDS TO COVER LOGISTICS, DATA ALLOWANCE AND CREDIT AND REFRESHMENTS COVERED

Location: The target schools are at Jabi, Wuse Zone 3, Karu, Garki, and Gwarimpa-all at Abuja, Nigeria. ONLY VOLUNTEERS BASED AT ABUJA SHOULD INDICATE INTEREST.

 

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 and active phone number and email address. You will then receive a mail.

(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)

 

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Volunteer for the girls!

W.TEC is running an After-school Technology Club project. This project is to teach young girls between the ages of 11 and 17 in school practical computer science and technologies. 10 schools have been approved in the Yaba (Lagos) vicinity for the project.
The trainers are to have a 3-day in-house training every first week of the month for the next 6 months and teach the students at the schools every other Wednesday in the month, between the hours of 12 – 4 pm at the schools.
The schools that have been handpicked for this project have computers and internet facilities to make for seamless project implementation.

We are assisting with volunteer recruitment for this cause. The curriculum to be taught will be made available to volunteers. They should be committed to the program and sending an impact report after the 6 months program. The volunteers will have the opportunity of discussing their stipend at the interview. They:

  • Must be available to work a minimum of 4 hours per week
    • Must be available and willing to commit at least six (6) months initially for an internship.
    • Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate level degree in a computer related field.
    • Minimum of two years of college in a communications or computer related field.
    • Proficiency in computer applications:
    o Microsoft Excel ,
    o Microsoft Word,
    o Microsoft Powerpoint,
    o Conducting research via internet

 

Required abilities:
• Ability to prioritize tasks and efficiently manage time.
• Ability to exercise good judgment and effectiveness in working with teenage girls
• Strong oral and written communications skills
• Ability to respond effectively to inquiries or complaints.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
• Ability to maintain professional (business casual) dress and grooming.

 

HOW TO APPLY 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 and phone number.

(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 after you register)

 

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For: Volunteer in Nigeria

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#JJCseries: Top things you weren’t taught 1

Hello!!!

In this first blog in our #JJCseries, I present life-changing statements the way you never heard them before. So what are those things I believe you probably were not told till now?

 

Find out

This has always been a proud and most insulting response to give somebody who needed to know something. Somehow, when we started adopting the tradition of telling people to ask questions, we did not really bring ourselves to the understanding that no one person can be an encyclopaedia of knowledge.

‘Finding out’ means searching out information accurately. It is getting curious, asking questions and then exploring different sources till you meet the bliss of accurate information. Somebody came to Lagos for the first time and needed some direction to where I was. It took terribly long before we finally met. When I tried to get the details of her ordeal, she became a little upset with me. I could not understand why she would depend entirely on the direction given by one person. Is this only applicable to the location challenge? No, unfortunately. It is exactly the same orientation people apply to everyday life but we can explain with the finding-a-location dilemma.

If you have to go to a place you don’t know, then you need to FIND OUT how to. How? Search the internet for the address and in the search results; look for landmarks (like a popular hangout in the area) or a forum discussion. Search for tools that are good for location guidance. You would probably find Google Maps. Use the map to locate the area. Ask different people till you find at least three people pointing you toward the same route.

 

Volunteer

We have a major problem on our hands when people only think of this word as a noun and not a verb. This wasn’t really an issue until we were aroused to it. Let me tell you how. At least 80% 90% of the people who contact us think we are Volunteers in Nigeria not Volunteer in Nigeria. We put up ‘Volunteer in Nigeria’ on all our profiles but for some reason not far-fetched from our noun-verb explanation, they probably think it is an error. So we can bet that many people, if they get to think about it at all, think of ‘volunteer’ as a person who cannot make a wage not really as a superb channelling of effort. Volunteer in Nigeria was founded to introduce youths to contribution-oriented living (via exposure to volunteering and development work) and then ensure that those who buy the idea get the very best engagement opportunities.

 

What’s the point here? There is probably a dangerously selfish thinking behind getting quality education/a job/a life. By the time we are in secondary school and can afford to push further or not, we are wired to think about bagging a good job and helping our families stay above the poverty line afterwards. This may be good thinking but it may also be somewhat short-sighted. Away from your family and small circle of friends are 6 billion people who your career may be beneficial to. Learn the theories and take home the practical. Have you ever wanted to solve a pressing problem and a free search on the freely available internet helped you find a free course or a how-to blog/video or app or website? Me too! Guess what? People like you put those things there. How can you CONTRIBUTE to making the world a better place for others?

 

Make money

Shout out to Kayobi clothing, the maker of the fine ‘Make Fufu not War’ shirts.

Kayobi

What’s the take home here? Very early in life we learn that peace must be disrupted once in a while. We spend good time recalling and recounting the faults of other people. However, to make smart use of time, our most valuable resource; we must put these things away as quickly as possible. If you have been in the world for some time, you would have found that virtually all the issues that take a huge bite of our time can be solved when we have the right attitude and err…enough money. Yes-money! We worry very much about how to find the better job/deal but do not think often about how to increase our money via legitimate and intelligent investing. To grow your money, there are indeed very many options. You need to FIND OUT.

 

What are your thoughts? Tell us those things you wish you were told much earlier in life via comments!

To submit a blog post, kindly find out details here.

 

We are ONE!!!

Hello!

This day, #1year ago, we sent out our very first tweet via @NaijaVolunteers and gave life to the Volunteer in Nigeria dream.

Although very glad to be amongst the set that actually see their dreams to reality, we cannot exactly say our imagination journeyed us this far in its one year plan. We have to say that as upstarts, imagination did not work much. Consistently leaning on God for direction, overwhelming passion, constant low cost internet and prolonged pro-bono behind-the-scenes working hours did it.

#DidYouKnow that some people subscribe for a Blackberry plan then take out the SIM card and insert it into a modem to browse on their laptops at an affordable rate? Lol…to cut the long story short, we survive! Now you see why we are going to be supporting Web Foundation’s Alliance for Affordable Internet forum at Abuja.

So to mark one year, we would be launching our Code of Engagement and advert options. Advertising with us is a great way to support our work whilst reaching a massively increasing audience. We already got one ad live before we were ever one year! Be sure to check The Fleuri Academy ——->

Also, we are working on having our Anniversary Open Day where our founder, @thetytestudent, gets to answer all your questions about what we are doing. Meanwhile, you may begin leaving comments below this post with your questions, comments, congratulatory messages, recommendations, etc.

Finally and most importantly, we launch the #JJCseries. This would be about sharing career progression/work experiences and other adventures people go through while job hunting.  We aim to chat via social media with a job seeker or professional weekly and publish regular promoted blog posts on the subject. Our hope is to adequately guide the career newbies (who Nigerians may call ‘Johnny Just Come’) whilst sharing relevant information to equip people (teenagers to adults) with success strategies for winning career plans.  Find out how to be featured on our chat here.

Bon Anniversaire and THANK YOU!

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