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  Dan

Trained at CICD, volunteered in Zambia

I was working in one place for 11 years as manager of 40 workers. I was missing a purpose in my life.

I was not happy even though I had money, a house, a car and I was not proud of what I was doing. 

I needed something different,
something new, a new life adventure.

Work and live in a community in a volunteer project in southern Africa.

What do you do now and what practical skills did you gain
from the volunteer programme to prepare you for this?

Community life and the power of community are awesome volunteer experiences.

I am a Teacher for the Climate Compliance Programme at Richmond Vale Academy in Saint Vincent. One of the most important things for me was to live and work in a community, working with others to make the world a better place. We can all make an impact when we work together.

I learned that I don’t need to be prepared for everything or be able to do before doing it. I was open for everything. I learned to do what is needed and not what I wanted.

Work, learn and live in a community  – Take 10 months to volunteer.

What would be an important moment, event, achievement or person you met during your time in the programme?

To develop yourself by living in a community is one of the best things I have done.

My project in Zambia was DNS Mkushi, a teacher training college. Our task was to work in the community around the school.

With the project and community, we made many smaller projects including setting up a community market. It was during these times that I realised that we have the power to change the life of people and with that comes the responsibility to do it. 

Living in a community and working shoulder to shoulder with activists is something I love.

Has your work as an international development volunteer influenced your decisions for your future?

Community life at a learning centre where volunteers are trained is well worth trying.

I learned that I cannot blame people who do not act to make the world better, because there is so much manipulation by media and society. But as an international volunteer I realised I have an impact and can change life. I realised I cannot go back and live life as I did before. To work and live in a community is what I want to do.

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