Tech Volunteer – No Program Fees

It is not uncommon to find people who have come from outside the African continent to dedicate their lives to helping the helpless on our continent. We black Africans are also a race of people who seek to give back where we can, a race of people who instead of making incessant complaints about our governments, want to take action and help where we can.

I remember wanting to volunteer some 15 years ago in Rwanda and my Mom was freaked out at the fact that I wanted to go to Rwanda to volunteer, I was about 19 years old. Looking back, even though I did not make the trip, remembering the thought that I wanted to volunteer at that age makes me elated.

This is one of my side projects, it can become big in the future, I have no idea, it is however driven by one goal.

Give back where we can!

It would not be easy, because we would need to un-learn our orientation towards giving back and re-train our mindset and that of our people on the value of giving back.

The internet has empowered millions across the globe, I am a testimony to that and I hope it can empower at-risk young people & low-income families too.

Organizations such as VolunteerHQ would charge you up to $620 for program fees to volunteer on a project in a selected country on the globe. I do not say this to berate them, I hail them and the good work they do. I know I always wanted to participate, but never could not afford the fees.

So here is my plan. My first project is based on this documentary.

Who would be interested in taking a trip to (Sierra Leone, maybe next year) the Gambia with me in 2022, to the Don Bosco community, to teach a specific skill you possess to their young people for a duration of 1-2 weeks?

We can raise funds to buy refurbished mini-laptops or resources, materials, and or equipment needed to take with us as our contribution, and most importantly, there will be no program fees!

It is You, I, our Skillset and a mindset to make an impact!

Our goal here is simple; help build a culture of volunteering among ourselves to give back what we can, to our communities.

What do you think?

If interested, please mail me. I would add more information such as the cost of flights, where to stay, and feeding to this page as soon as I can collate that information.

Please note, you will be paying for your own flight and feeding, accommodation would be worked out between us all.

Mary taking a selfie with teens at an Outreach Programme
Mary taking a selfie with teens at an Outreach Programme

Written by Mary Job

Twitter: @maryojob

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