Community Development

The Community Development program creates change by combining local talents of community volunteers with international ideas and experience. The goal is to empower community members with marketable skills that will generate sustainable income and offer an alternative path to the ubiquitous drug trade, juvenile prostitution and under employment.

Destinations

Ladies and youth from a poor community smile to the camera in a Community Development project

Overview

Volunteers in the Community Development project have the opportunity to work with many different activities. They should be open to work together with locals in community centers providing assistance with day-to-day tasks to help these local organizations carry out programs that increase the quality of life and broaden the development within their communities. One can also help in filling or general organizing of the project and any expertise is appreciated and will go a long way to help the partner project gets better.

 

Opportunities in community developmentVolunteer paints a mural in a community development project

This project involves as much and as little as one wants to do. It is not as structured as a normal work environment/ sports program. You are free to add as much help as you like or the bare minimum. The range of work can include, but not limited to: promoting health and sanitation awareness, teaching English (if during school term more intense than holiday), playing sports, management and administrative tasks, marketing & fundraising, painting & renovation, community garden & environmental campaigns, arts programs, help to spread the word about local initiatives, recreational and extracurricular workshops, organizing events and assist in any other activity developed by the local community.

 

Skills needed in community development

Children with the hands dirty after diging the garden

Creative, capable, committed, flexible and motivated volunteers are welcomed at this project and can offer great value to help them become stronger, developing the sustainability and increasing the impact of the community’s initiatives.

Your interest in NGOs work and understand the reality of the projects and what can be done to improve them will be greatly appreciated. You will live the reality of these projects from inside being able to give a lot and learn a lot more than you can imagine.