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 The types of projects

“What kind of projects do volunteers work at?” – one question we get very often and we believe is important to be looked into properly. The final decision of what volunteers will work with strongly depends on the current need in the community in question and the project partners who delegate tasks and resources. However, there are several areas and project options that volunteers can expect to be involved in.

Development Instructors

Participants at the Take 10 Volunteer programme are not sent to projects without the proper training. Our partner organizations that sponsor the volunteers’ six month project period insist on having people who are adequately prepared for the work, environment, and situation at the project destination.

For this reason, volunteers spend a three month preparation period at one of the learning centers in Denmark, Norway, or England to become Development Instructors. During this time they learn a lot and have practical action which aims to train them properly for what they would most likely encounter during projects.

Subjects like global affairs, political science, economic development, and others are mixed in with eco-literacy, volunteer ethics, and planet protection in order to provide volunteers with knowledge and practice which is essential but unfortunately missing from traditional schooling systems.

Project Work: Working With The People

After becoming Development Instructors participants at the programme get a job description about their work at the projects. The type of work and the specific tasks strongly depend on the destination, timing, and most importantly the most relevant and necessary need at the community. Development Instructors are sent to projects to work with the people and make a positive change at a relevant area which is highly needed.

Projects can be generally divided into four categories – education, health, agriculture, community development.

Education

Education can include teacher training – helping teachers prepare to educate children and providing materials and resources. Helping students at preschools is also an option for this type of projects (part of the September 2019 is currently doing this type of work), as well as being part of the project Academy for Working Children (in India) where another part of the September 2019 team is now located.

Health

Health is a serious subject that needs great care and attention. There are many projects which fall into this category including HIV and AIDS prevention projects, Malaria elimination, and malnutrition. All of them are essential for the development of the communities and the constant work on those projects secures a positive change in the long term.

Agriculture

The key for the agriculture projects is sustainability. All of the projects in this sector strive to create a sustainable approach which farmers and people in the destination countries can maintain and further develop.

Farmers’ clubs are big and important projects which aim to help farmers prepare for natural disasters or other risks and quickly react in order to protect their crops. It also aims to teach people how to generate income from their farming activities and find a more efficient and sustainable approach to doing this.

Helping the environment and protecting the planet are also important for agriculture projects. Development Instructors are often involved in tree planting activities, water initiatives, or renewable energy projects.

Community Development

Community development is a broad area that includes many aspects. It can mean building preschools, houses, helping people learn how to grow food in a better way, and secure an income. This type of work can also be focused in rural or urban areas depending on the need and current situation but it is always of high importance.

The most important aspect of Development Instructors’ work is to always remember to work WITH the community and the people not FOR them. This is fundamental because when you go and do things for others you can do thousands of relevant and important things but the people at the community are not going to take ownership and pride of what is being done. They will not feel as part of the process, they will not realize how much they are capable of achieving, and what their potential is if the approach is right. That’s why we need to remember – cooperation and communication are key.

The major task of Development Instructors comes down to motivating people and bringing them together – to inspiring them and showing them what is possible if the right mindset and a lot of work are put to action.

Volunteering Project Work
When it comes to change we need to remember that all progress is important and good things happen step by step.

Project types

Education
Teacher Training, Early Childhood Development, Childrens’ Towns, Community Schools, Academy for Working Children

Health

Elimination of malaria, HIV and AIDS prevention, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Child Aid

Agriculture

Farmers’ Clubs, Climate Mitigation, Water Initiatives, Tree Planting, Renewable Energy

Community Development

Partner Organisations

DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi

Our project partner in Malawi – Development Aid from People to People Malawi. Click on the image to learn more.

DAPP Zambia

DAPP Zambia

Our project partner in Zambia – Development Aid from People to People Zambia. Click on the image to learn more.

ADPP Mozambique

ADPP Mozambique

Our project partner in Mozambique – Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo Mozambique. Click on the image to learn more.

Humana People To People India

HPP India

Our project partner in India – Humana People to People India. Click on the image to learn more.

Volunteer work projects

“What kind of projects do volunteers work at?”– one question we get very often and we believe is important to be looked into properly. The final decision of what volunteers will work with strongly depends on the current need in the community in question and the project partners who delegate tasks and resources. However, there are several areas and project options which volunteers can expect to be involved in.

When it comes to change we need to remember that all progress is important and good things happen step by step.

 

Development Instructors

Participants at the Take 10 Volunteer programme are not sent to projects without the proper training. Our partner organizations that sponsor the volunteers’ six month project period insist on having people who are adequately prepared for the work, environment, and situation at the project destination.

For this reason, volunteers spend a three month preparation period at one of the learning centers in Denmark, Norway, or England to become Development Instructors. During this time they learn a lot and have practical action which aims to train them properly for what they would most likely encounter during projects.

Subjects like global affairs, political science, economic development, and others are mixed in with eco-literacy, volunteer ethics, and planet protection in order to provide volunteers with knowledge and practice which is essential but unfortunately missing from traditional schooling systems.

Volunteering Team

Project Work: Working With The People

After becoming Development Instructors participants at the programme get a job description about their work at the projects. The type of work and the specific tasks strongly depend on the destination, timing, and most importantly the most relevant and necessary need at the community. Development Instructors are send to projects to work with the people and make a positive change at a relevant area which is highly needed.

Projects can be generally divided into four categories – education, health, agriculture, community development.

Solidarity Activists: Together for progress

Being part of the solidarity activism movement means teaching, cooperating, building, developing, maintaining, and much more – all of this in different areas of work which need as many people participating as possible. It is about overcoming obstacles together, beating odds for success, and making progress with long-term effects.

Volutneers work

Education

Education can include teacher training – helping teachers prepare to educate children and providing materials and resources. Helping students at preschools is also an option for this type of projects (part of the September 2019 is currently doing this type of work), as well as being part of the project Academy for Working Children (in India) where another part of the September 2019 team is now located.

Health

Health is a serious subject which needs great care and attention. There are many projects which fall into this category including HIV and AIDS prevention projects, Malaria elimination, and malnutrition. All of them are essential for the development of the communities and the constant work on those projects secures a positive change in the long term.

Agriculture

The key for the agriculture projects is sustainability. All of the projects in this sector strive to create a sustainable approach which farmers and people in the destination countries can maintain and further develop.

Farmers’ clubs are big and important projects which aim to help farmers prepare for natural disasters or other risks and quickly react in order to protect their crops. It also aims to teach people how to generate income from their farming activities and find a more efficient and sustainable approach to doing this.

Helping the environment and protecting the planet are also important for agriculture projects. Development Instructors are often involved in tree planting activities, water initiatives, or renewable energy projects.

Community Development  

Community development is a broad area that includes many aspects. It can mean building preschools, houses, helping people learn how to grow food in a better way, and secure an income. This type of work can also be focused in rural or urban areas depending on the need and current situation but it is always of high importance.

The most important aspect of Development Instructors’ work is to always remember to work WITH the community and the people not FOR them. This is fundamental because when you go and do things for others you can do thousands of relevant and important things but the people at the community are not going to take ownership and pride of what is being done. They will not feel as part of the process, they will not realize how much they are capable of achieving, and what their potential is if the approach is right. That’s why we need to remember – cooperation and communication are key.

The major task of Development Instructors comes down to motivating people and bringing them together – to inspiring them and showing them what is possible if the right mindset and a lot of work are put to action.

Partner Organizations

DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi

Our project partner in Malawi – Development Aid from People to People Malawi. Click on the image to learn more.

DAPP Zambia

DAPP Zambia

Our project partner in Zambia – Development Aid from People to People Zambia. Click on the image to learn more.

ADPP Mozambique

ADPP Mozambique

Our project partner in Mozambique – Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo Mozambique. Click on the image to learn more.

Humana People To People India

HPP India

Our project partner in India – Humana People to People India. Click on the image to learn more.

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