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 September Team’s thoughts before leaving for the projects

It feels like it was yesterday when we welcomed the September team. Time went by so fast and there are only a few days left before they leave for their project period in Malawi and India. We took the chance to ask them how they feel and what they are hoping to achieve.

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Paula (Spain) – going to Mzimba in Northern Malawi, working with preschools.

There are a lot of aspects to working with preschools. There is supporting the teachers, teach the kids, building, etc. I really hope I will be welcomed by the people there and I will be able to work together with the children and the teachers.

The preparation period helped a lot.

You come here and live with people who you haven’t met before. You meet different people and you spend 24 hours with them every day – from breakfast until you go to sleep. It is intensive but it is great because this helps you change your normal everyday routine. This is very helpful before going on a project in a completely different place with a new culture and lifestyle. The preparation with those different people helps you adjust to a changing environment and get used to changes.

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Alazne (Spain) – going to India, Jaipur working with Academy for Working Children

I think the preparation period was helpful. We have learned a lot including that we are capable of learning and doing. And that’s important because now we are going to the project with the mindset that we can find out how to do things and learn properly. We also learned a lot in terms of problem-solving, organzing, and working in a team so I definitely think this will be helpful for the project.

For the project, I want to help with the development of the school and most importantly I want to learn. About the culture, the people, and of course about myself. I want to see what I am capable of doing and achieving. I want to help with whatever I can and do things that I haven’t done before so I can make the best of it.

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Leyre (Spain) – going to Mzimba in Northern Malawi, working with preschools.

The experience has been very intense. The best part for me has been to get to know many different people and learn to work together with them. We have faced many different problems and situations. This helped me learn a lot about and from those people, it also helped me learn more about myself.

I am looking forward to get to know the culture and the people of Malawi. I want to learn as much as possible from them and use the experience to understand myself better. I want to test myself in extreme situations and see how I can manage to find solutions for various problems.

Having a preparation period was definitely helpful. You get used to a completely different life in the span of those three months and this prepares you for an even more drastic change in a different cultural environment. Also, you get to know new people which is always great and you learn things which you didn’t even think about before. We never learn about capitalism, wars, roots of poverty, and other very important topics in school.

There are also a lot of practical skills we are able to develop during the training period. It is a training in all aspect- your mind, your skills, your personality.

 

Sabina Take 10 Volunteer

Sabina (Romania) – going to southern part of Malawi working with preschools

I really hope to raise awareness about the importance of education at an early age. I really want to contribute to creating a safe environment where children, and especially girls, feel secure and comfortable to study and develop.

There is a lot of organization and management involved. We are working with over 15 communities and this will require a lot of effort and focus on proper planning which will be great to improve for me.

I think I will learn a lot from the people there as well, we will be also working with refugees and I am excited to hear their stories and experience. I am sure I can learn a lot from them.

It is also important for me that what we do at the projects will have a long-term effect and it will be maintained after we leave. We don’t want to do something which will be gone after we are and the people won’t be able to manage to maintain it. I hope they will understand that they have what it takes to improve their own situation; it is not thanks to us that those projects are happing and they can continue to make a change after we leave.

 

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Adria (Spain) – going to India, Jaipur working with Academy for Working Children

It is important to have a preparation for such a project. It helps you develop new skills and learn to live in a community. You also learn how to properly express yourself and present your ideas and proposals to others.

You stay here 24/7 taking part in activities and organizing them. It’s a lot of different aspects of work and a lot of lessons involved. What I find important is that your ideas are valued here.

The main thing about the training period is we are living and working in a community. I learned how important it is to share your thoughts with others and how important it is to plan things. Plan it well, document it, and reflect on it – that’s how you learn.

I also think it is a good idea to find your goal and decide what you want to achieve during this time. This will help you stay on track.

I also learned how to make amazing bread – that is something I never imagined I will do but now everyone loves my bread and I have improved greatly in baking it.

I made a lot of mistakes during my training but that’s the way to learn, isn’t it?

My team and I have set a list of goals we want to accomplish for the project in India. This includes working shoulder to shoulder with the teachers and project leaders as well as getting to know the culture and becoming an active part of it.

Learning how to solve problems is also part of the process – we want to come face to face with it, understand it and find a solution for it.

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Carlos (Spain) – going to southern part of Malawi working with preschools

The best for me so far was to learn how to live in a community. In Spain, I used to live alone or with university classmates but now I am part of a community where we are working towards a common goal and sharing tasks and responsibilities. It is very different.

Another great part is that here we learn a lot of things we don’t talk about in school. We learn about the past and the history and try to understand the consequences of colonialism and how the future can be improved.

I would like to understand the reality we live in. All of the people live in the same world but the reality for many is often different. I want to understand this and also use my skills and knowledge in a practical way.

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Maria (Portugal) – going to India, Jaipur working with Academy for Working Children

I had a great time so far, we built a good friendship with the team. They have been supporting me whenever I needed it and I honestly didn’t expect our bond to become so strong.

The activities we did here have been great and they will be helpful for our project and our future. We will probably learn even more at the project and manage to practice everything we learned so far.

We have taken part in many areas of work here including planning the 2019 Planet Protection Conference, we also took part in kitchen duties, and many other fields. I personally improved my ability to plan and organize. There was also a lot of leadership and teamwork involved.

I hope we manage to improve the situation with the school at least a bit. Hopefully, we will adapt to the environment and culture fast and the children will accept us and our methods.

We will strive to do our best and hope everything goes well and we manage to learn from the people there.

Henrique

Henrique (Brazil) – going to southern Malawi, working with preschools and teacher training.

I just hope to be able to better understand people and combine practical with psychological aspects. I think I can learn a lot from people and I am excited to meet the students and teachers. I will adapt to the situation and try to get the best of it, maybe they already have an established system and it will be learning more from them rather than me teaching them.

I really don’t know what the situation will be like so I am ready to go in any direction – I don’t want to step on any toes, I just want to add on top of what has already been established and help make positive progress.

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What kind of certifications do I get?

What skills can I develop as an International Development Volunteer?

Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership 
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management
DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi believes that poverty can be overcome through adopting a coordinated, community wide approach to development.

A combination of  projects within education, adult literacy, improved livelihoods, increased production, health, women’s empowerment and environmental protection is implemented.

Learn More

Humana People To People India

HPP India is an NGO that strives to unite the people of India and create positive development. They do this by implementing projects transferring knowledge, skills, and capacity to communities that need assistance to fight poverty and other on-going issues.

Learn More

January 2020

Starting date:
5 January 2020

Project country:
Zambia

Training takes place at:
DRH Lindersvold, Faxe, Denmark

 

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It feels like it was yesterday when we welcomed the September team. Time went by so fast and there are only a few days left before they leave for their project period in Malawi and India. We took the chance to ask them how they feel and what they are hoping to achieve.

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Paula Take 10 Volunteer

Paula (Spain) – going to Mzimba in Northern Malawi, working with preschools.

There are a lot of aspects to working with preschools. There is supporting the teachers, teach the kids, building, etc. I really hope I will be welcomed by the people there and I will be able to work together with the children and the teachers.

The preparation period helped a lot.

You come here and live with people who you haven’t met before. You meet different people and you spend 24 hours with them every day – from breakfast until you go to sleep. It is intensive but it is great because this helps you change your normal everyday routine. This is very helpful before going on a project in a completely different place with a new culture and lifestyle. The preparation with those different people helps you adjust to a changing environment and get used to changes.

Alazne Take 10 Volunteer

Alazne (Spain) – going to India, Jaipur working with Academy for Working Children

I think the preparation period was helpful. We have learned a lot including that we are capable of learning and doing. And that’s important because now we are going to the project with the mindset that we can find out how to do things and learn properly. We also learned a lot in terms of problem-solving, organzing, and working in a team so I definitely think this will be helpful for the project.

For the project, I want to help with the development of the school and most importantly I want to learn. About the culture, the people, and of course about myself. I want to see what I am capable of doing and achieving. I want to help with whatever I can and do things that I haven’t done before so I can make the best of it.

Leyre Take 10 Volunteer

Leyre (Spain) – going to Mzimba in Northern Malawi, working with preschools.

The experience has been very intense. The best part for me has been to get to know many different people and learn to work together with them. We have faced many different problems and situations. This helped me learn a lot about and from those people, it also helped me learn more about myself.

I am looking forward to get to know the culture and the people of Malawi. I want to learn as much as possible from them and use the experience to understand myself better. I want to test myself in extreme situations and see how I can manage to find solutions for various problems.

Having a preparation period was definitely helpful. You get used to a completely different life in the span of those three months and this prepares you for an even more drastic change in a different cultural environment. Also, you get to know new people which is always great and you learn things which you didn’t even think about before. We never learn about capitalism, wars, roots of poverty, and other very important topics in school.

There are also a lot of practical skills we are able to develop during the training period. It is a training in all aspect- your mind, your skills, your personality.

 

Sabina Take 10 Volunteer

Sabina (Romania) – going to southern part of Malawi working with preschools

I really hope to raise awareness about the importance of education at an early age. I really want to contribute to creating a safe environment where children, and especially girls, feel secure and comfortable to study and develop.

There is a lot of organization and management involved. We are working with over 15 communities and this will require a lot of effort and focus on proper planning which will be great to improve for me.

I think I will learn a lot from the people there as well, we will be also working with refugees and I am excited to hear their stories and experience. I am sure I can learn a lot from them.

It is also important for me that what we do at the projects will have a long-term effect and it will be maintained after we leave. We don’t want to do something which will be gone after we are and the people won’t be able to manage to maintain it. I hope they will understand that they have what it takes to improve their own situation; it is not thanks to us that those projects are happing and they can continue to make a change after we leave.

Adria Take 10 Volunteer

Adria (Spain) – going to India, Jaipur working with Academy for Working Children

It is important to have a preparation for such a project. It helps you develop new skills and learn to live in a community. You also learn how to properly express yourself and present your ideas and proposals to others.

You stay here 24/7 taking part in activities and organizing them. It’s a lot of different aspects of work and a lot of lessons involved. What I find important is that your ideas are valued here.

The main thing about the training period is we are living and working in a community. I learned how important it is to share your thoughts with others and how important it is to plan things. Plan it well, document it, and reflect on it – that’s how you learn.

I also think it is a good idea to find your goal and decide what you want to achieve during this time. This will help you stay on track.

I also learned how to make amazing bread – that is something I never imagined I will do but now everyone loves my bread and I have improved greatly in baking it.

I made a lot of mistakes during my training but that’s the way to learn, isn’t it?

My team and I have set a list of goals we want to accomplish for the project in India. This includes working shoulder to shoulder with the teachers and project leaders as well as getting to know the culture and becoming an active part of it.

Learning how to solve problems is also part of the process – we want to come face to face with it, understand it and find a solution for it.

Carlos Take 10 Volunteer

Carlos (Spain) – going to southern part of Malawi working with preschools

The best for me so far was to learn how to live in a community. In Spain, I used to live alone or with university classmates but now I am part of a community where we are working towards a common goal and sharing tasks and responsibilities. It is very different.

Another great part is that here we learn a lot of things we don’t talk about in school. We learn about the past and the history and try to understand the consequences of colonialism and how the future can be improved.

I would like to understand the reality we live in. All of the people live in the same world but the reality for many is often different. I want to understand this and also use my skills and knowledge in a practical way.

Maria Take 10 Volunteer

Maria (Portugal) – going to India, Jaipur working with Academy for Working Children

I had a great time so far, we built a good friendship with the team. They have been supporting me whenever I needed it and I honestly didn’t expect our bond to become so strong.

The activities we did here have been great and they will be helpful for our project and our future. We will probably learn even more at the project and manage to practice everything we learned so far.

We have taken part in many areas of work here including planning the 2019 Planet Protection Conference, we also took part in kitchen duties, and many other fields. I personally improved my ability to plan and organize. There was also a lot of leadership and teamwork involved.

I hope we manage to improve the situation with the school at least a bit. Hopefully, we will adapt to the environment and culture fast and the children will accept us and our methods.

We will strive to do our best and hope everything goes well and we manage to learn from the people there.

Henrique Take 10 Volunteer

Henrique (Brazil) – going to southern Malawi, working with preschools and teacher training

I just hope to be able to better understand people and combine practical with psychological aspects. I think I can learn a lot from people and I am excited to meet the students and teachers. I will adapt to the situation and try to get the best of it, maybe they already have an established system and it will be learning more from them rather than me teaching them.

I really don’t know what the situation will be like so I am ready to go in any direction – I don’t want to step on any toes, I just want to add on top of what has already been established and help make positive progress.

Leyre Take 10 Volunteer
What kind of certifications do I get?

What skills can I develop as an International Development Volunteer?

Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership 
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management
DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi believes that poverty can be overcome through adopting a coordinated, community wide approach to development.

A combination of  projects within education, adult literacy, improved livelihoods, increased production, health, women’s empowerment and environmental protection is implemented.

Learn More

Humana People To People India

HPP India is an NGO that strives to unite the people of India and create positive development. They do this by implementing projects transferring knowledge, skills, and capacity to communities that need assistance to fight poverty and other on-going issues.

Learn More

January 2020

Starting date:
5 January 2020

Project country:
Zambia

Training takes place at:
DRH Lindersvold, Faxe, Denmark